Lab publishes new study in PNAS

It turns out that to hear a person yapping, you need a protein called Yap. Working as part of what is known as the Yap/Tead complex, this important protein sends signals to the hearing organ to attain the correct size during embryonic development, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Read More…

Ksenia Gnedeva speaks at ISSCR 2019

For the first time ever, the City of Los Angeles hosted the world’s largest stem cell conference. By choosing Los Angeles as the host city for this major annual meeting, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) acknowledged the city’s growing importance as a hub for the biosciences, as well as the world-class research Read More…

Neil Segil awarded NIH grant

Neil Segil has received a new research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Neil Segil will use his $2.82 million grant to explore why humans and other mammals cannot recover from hearing loss, while birds and reptiles can. To understand this uniquely mammalian limitation, Segil’s team will focus on the regulatory processes that Read More…

Louise Menendez receives Travel Award

Louise Menendez receives Travel Award to present at the 2018 ISSCR meeting in Australia in June. Her presentation is titled “Using induced sensory hair cells for high throughput screening to identify otoprotectants.”

Ksenia Gnedeva named Broad Fellow

When it came time to select this year’s Broad Fellow, the award committee couldn’t pick just one. Instead, they bestowed the honor on two talented postdoctoral researchers in USC Stem Cell laboratories: heart researcher Michaela Patterson and hearing researcher Ksenia Gnedeva. “The Broad Foundation’s support is wisely invested in Drs. Patterson and Gnedeva,” said Andy Read More…

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 and treat illnesses ranging from osteoarthritis to Alzheimer’s disease to cystic fibrosis. To read more, Read More…