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.

June 9, 2020

Chai appointed University Professor

by John Hobbs

The prestigious designation puts him in the company of fewer than 20 faculty members across USC. 

ASSOCIATE DEAN OF RESEARCH Yang Chai PhD ’91, DDS ’96 has been appointed a University Professor, making history as Ostrow’s first faculty member to achieve such distinction.

The designation, held by fewer than 20 other faculty members across the university, is awarded very selectively to those whose accomplishments have brought special renown to USC. 

“There is no one more deserving than Yang to be the very first Ostrow faculty member to receive this recognition,” said Dean Avishai Sadan in an announcement sent to the community on June 9. Read more…

June 9, 2020

New cover story from Xu lab

The Xu lab made the cover of Cell Reports with their study “PRMT1-p53 pathway controls epicardial EMT and invasion” by Olan Jackson-Weaver, Nicha Ungvijanpunya, Yuan Yuan, Jiang Qian, Yongchao Gou, Jian Wu, Hua Shen, Yibu Chen, Meng Li, Stéphane Richard, Yang Chai, Henry M. Sucov, and Jian Xu. The beautiful cover illustration was designed by Olan’s brother, Mark Jackson-Weaver.

May 29, 2020

C-DOCTOR awarded $30 million grant

by John Hobbs

The initiative aims to propel USC forward as the epicenter of tissue and organ regeneration research.

THE STUDIES SEEM LIKE something straight out of science fiction.

There’s one focused on using stem cells to regenerate skull bone for patients with skull defects. 

Another aims to develop a hydrogel patch that could reduce scarring and regenerate hair follicles and sweat glands in burn victims. 

Another looks to create a transdermal patch that could repair skin damaged during radiation therapy for survivors of cancer. 

Each is currently being developed at the Center for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) as it enters Stage 3 of its endeavor, with a $30-million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). (more…)

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