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Verge Genomics announces a multi-institution collaboration with Columbia University, MGH, USC and the University of Michigan to advance ALS research

Verge Genomics, a drug discovery company utilizing genomic data for neuroscience therapeutics, announced today that it is has established a multi-institution industry-academic collaboration with four top universities focused on accelerating the translation of preclinical models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) […]

Carina Seah featured in undergraduate research video

Kim Staats looks for the pattern in sporadic cases of ALS

USC postdoctoral researcher Kim Staats, PhD, found her calling when a childhood neighbor was diagnosed with ALS, a paralyzing and fatal neurodegenerative disease. At the time, Staats was pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in kinesiology at Free University Amsterdam (Vrije […]

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 […]

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