What I’m Reading: Postdoc Zlatka Stojanova offers a top pick

Zlatka Stojanova: Usher syndrome is a devastating genetic disorder that causes profound hearing loss, balance disorders and progressive blindness. In the ear, mutations in the Usher 1c (USH1C) gene lead to damage and loss of the inner ear’s sensory cells, causing deafness. Scientists from Harvard Medical School recently reported an unprecedented recovery of hearing in Read More…

Congratulations to Vincent Yu and Kate Galloway, winners of the Doerr Stem Cell Challenge Grant

Although it’s not the type of challenge that involves an ice bucket, this year’s Doerr Stem Cell Challenge Grant has brought together two young scientists from different USC labs to tackle ALS. “These $10,000 grants make it possible for our students and postdocs to connect and collaborate on one-year interdisciplinary projects spanning different labs,” said Read More…

Lab publishes two papers in Development about Atoh1

Non-mammals such as birds can recover from deafness as quickly as humans can recover from a cut or bruise. In contrast, when humans and other mammals sustain damage to the inner ear’s sensory cells, the resulting hearing loss is permanent. In two studies published in the journal Development, researchers from the USC Stem Cell laboratory Read More…