From perfectly punctual to fashionably late, it takes all kinds to build a kidney

Running early or running late can have big consequences—especially when it comes to the progenitor cells involved in human kidney development. According to a new study in Developmental Cell from the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Andy McMahon, the progenitor cells that form the kidney’s filtering units, called nephrons, mature into entirely different types of Read More…

Nils Lindstrom and colleagues publish new research in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Researchers are hard at work building mini-kidneys from human cells—using blueprints mostly drawn from lab mice. But mouse kidneys differ from their human counterparts in more than mere scale, as detailed by the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Andy McMahon in three studies in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. “In mice, the Read More…

The Broad Foundation awards $1 million to early-stage stem cell research projects

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has awarded two $125,000 grants to early-stage scientific investigations at USC’s stem cell research center. The projects are among eight winners of the $1 million Fund for Innovative Stem Cell Research, established by the Broads to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the three stem cell research centers that they Read More…

NIH funding helps Americans live longer and healthier lives, according to USC’s Andy McMahon, Rohit Varma, Jonathan Samet and Donna Spruijt-Metz

The nation’s medical research agency, the National Institutes of Health, funds research to help Americans live longer and healthier. Some 148 Nobel Prize winners have received support from the NIH, demonstrating how instrumental its funding has been to important discoveries that have enhanced health across the life span. More than 80 percent of the NIH’s Read More…