The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC’s Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology is a unique facility that unites world-class researchers in a variety of disciplines centered around structures of the craniofacial region. Since its inception in 1991, CCMB has been home to several major discoveries and has attracted top researchers from around the world.

November 2, 2021

We’re accepting PhD program applications

The USC PhD program in Craniofacial Biology is seeking qualified applicants

  • Students receive full tuition, a stipend, health insurance and other benefits.
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) fellowships through our training grant are available for US citizens and permanent residents.
  • We no longer require the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) for admission.

The application deadline has been extended to December 10. To apply: https://gradadm.usc.edu/apply/

October 22, 2021

We’re hiring!

CCMB is hiring! We are seeking an Administrative Assistant II  and a Public Communications Coordinator to support our operations. Come join the team! For details and to apply:

Admin Assistant II – https://usc.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/ExternalUSCCareers/job/Los-Angeles-CA—Health-Sciences-Campus/Administrative-Assistant-II_REQ20108614

Public Communications Coordinator – https://usc.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/ExternalUSCCareers/job/Los-Angeles-CA—Health-Sciences-Campus/Public-Communications-Coordinator_REQ20109117

October 13, 2021

Postdoctoral position available in Chai laboratory

Postdoctoral Position at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, University of Southern California

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in Professor Yang Chai’s laboratory at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology (CCMB) at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. We are interested in the regulation of developmental patterning, organogenesis, stem cells and regenerative medicine. Our studies seek to define molecular mechanisms governing both normal and abnormal craniofacial development, providing scientific rationales for future therapeutic strategies to prevent and treat craniofacial birth defects, as well as stem cell-based craniofacial regenerative medicine.

CCMB is located on the Health Sciences Campus of USC, which provides a vibrant, highly collaborative and interactive research environment. Postdocs will participate in weekly seminars with 100+ people who are interested in developmental biology and stem cells in tissue regeneration. There are ample cross-training opportunities in areas such as bioinformatics, biomedical engineering and translational medicine. Postdocs will also have opportunities to collaborate with experts nationally and internationally.

The candidate must have a PhD and be experienced with molecular and developmental biology. Our research projects are supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH. For details, please visit the Chai Lab website. To apply, please send C.V. and three letters of recommendation to Yang Chai (c/o Ms. Linda Hattemer at lhatteme@usc.edu and ychai@usc.edu). EOE/AA

Some of our recent publications:

  1. Yu, M., Ma, L., Yuan, Y., Ye, X., Montagne, A., He, J., Ho, T. V., Wu, Y., Zhao, Z., Maria, N.S., Jacobs, R., Urata, M., Wang, H., Zlokovic, B.V., Chen, J., Chai, Y. (2021) Cranial suture regeneration mitigates skull and neurocognitive defects in craniosynostosis. Cell, 184, 243-256. PMID33417861.
  2. Yuan, Y., Loh, Y. E., Han, X., Feng, J., Ho. T. V., He, J., Jing, J., Groff, K., Wu, A., and Chai, Y. (2020) Spatiotemporal cellular movement and fate decisions during first pharyngeal arch morphogenesis. Science Advances, PMC7744069.
  3. Zhao, H., Feng, J., Ho, T. V., Grimes, W. C., Urata, M., and Chai, Y. (2015) The suture provides a niche for mesenchymal stem cells of craniofacial bones. Nature Cell Biology, 17, 386-396. PMCID: PMC4380556

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