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Justin Ichida explores Alzheimer’s disease, with support from the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation

About 15 percent of the cells in our brains are scavengers—roving immune cells known as microglia that remove infectious agents, damaged neurons and plaques. USC Stem Cell scientist Justin Ichida is taking a close look at the role of microglia […]

Nicole Koutsodendris featured in Commencement profile

As part of the Countdown to Commencement series, stem cell master’s student and Ichida lab member Nicole Koutsodendris is currently featured in a profile written by her classmate Ila Dwivedi. To read more, visit

Justin Ichida and Kim Staats receive grant from from the Judith and Jean Pape Adams Foundation


Lab receives grant from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration


Congratulations to Kate Galloway and Vincent Yu, 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 […]

Justin Ichida featured in USC Stem Cell video

Carina Seah received funding from the Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program

Undergraduate Carina Seah has obtained funding from the Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program for Fall 2016. Congratulations!

Lab seeking researchers with computational biology experience

The Ichida lab is seeking individuals with computational biology experience for projects aimed at identifying CNS disease mechanisms using transcriptional and epigenetic profiling. For more information and instructions about how to apply, visit

Justin Ichida, Megan McCain and Dion Dickman win Broad Innovation Award

Justin Ichida, Megan McCain and Dion Dickman have won one of the inaugural Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Awards in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC. In their project, they will create a new “organ-on-a-chip” approach for studying […]

Kimberley Babos featured in ISSCR Member Spotlight

Kimberley Babos, a PhD candidate and Ichida Lab member at USC, recently gave an interview to the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) for a Member Spotlight. To read more, visit