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USC’s stem cell scientists secure the dollars to fight disease

The price of progress is not only the energy and talent of stem cell scientists, but also the research dollars that support their discoveries. In recent months, faculty members have secured numerous grants to support stem cell-based approaches to study […]

Mariani Lab showcased in “Artist & Researcher” exhibition

What happens when you pair 14 artists with 14 USC biomedical researchers? The answer is currently on display at the Hoyt Gallery on the Health Sciences Campus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The exhibition “Artist & Researcher” […]

Undergraduate Lynette Lester receives Discovery Scholar distinction

Undergraduate Lynette Lester received the USC Discovery Scholar distinction in recognition of her research accomplishments in the Mariani Lab. The Discovery Scholar distinction honors students who excel in the classroom while demonstrating the ability to create exceptional new scholarship or […]

Undergraduate Jason Hsieh wins a USC Discovery Scholar prize

In recognition of his research accomplishments in the Mariani Lab, undergraduate Jason Hsieh has won a USC Discovery Scholar prize. The Discovery Scholar distinction honors students who excel in the classroom while demonstrating the ability to create exceptional new scholarship […]

Bone defects inspire perfect union between surgeon-scientist and stem cell researchers at USC

As chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Jay R. Lieberman regularly sees patients with bone defects too severe to heal. This unmet clinical need inspired him to team up with two […]

What I’m reading: Francesca Mariani offers a top pick

Francesca Mariani: In a recent study in the journal Cell, Kyle Loh and colleagues in Irving Weissman’s group established a rapid protocol for converting human pluripotent stem cells into mesoderm—the progenitors for heart, skeleton, muscles and a variety of other […]

Developmental Biology study describes how Prkci helps organize organisms and their organs

A gene called Prkci can point cells in the right direction, according to a new study in Developmental Biology. In the study, USC Stem Cell researcher In Kyoung Mah from the laboratory of Francesca Mariani and colleagues demonstrated Prkci’s role […]

Development study uses zebrafish to understand the role of cartilage in bone repair

Scientists have long believed that the processes required for embryonic development are recapitulated during the regeneration of damaged body parts, such as fractured bones. In a new study published in Development, USC Stem Cell researchers Sandeep Paul, Simone Schindler and […]

Divya Patel wins first prize at high school science fair

Congratulations to CIRM Star student Divya Patel, who won first prize at the science fair at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School for research conducted in the Mariani lab. For her project, she identified the developmental stage at which the […]

Lab publishes paper in Stem Cell Reports

When it comes to stem cells, too much of a good thing isn’t wonderful: producing too many new stem cells may lead to cancer; producing too few inhibits the repair and maintenance of the body. In a paper published in […]