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  • ASPIRE Awards – Congratulations to Drs. Spinale, Eberth and team for their ASPIRE-II Award titled “The Center for Biomaterials and Cardiovascular Repair”.  This award represents the collaborative efforts of faculty from the School of Medicine, College of Engineering and Computing and the College of Arts and Sciences.  The ultimate goal of this research is to develop methods to enhance repair and regeneration of cardiovascular damage due to myocardial infarction and aortic aneurysms.  Congratulations also to Dr. Carver for receipt of an ASPIRE-I Award titled “Role of myocyte-derived exosomes in modulation of myocardial fibrosis”.  This research proposal focuses on exosomes as a means of myocyte-fibroblast communication.
  • USC Educational Foundation Research Award in Health Sciences – Congratulations to Dr. Spinale for his selection as the 2015 recipient of this award.  The Educational Foundation Research Award recognizes the many contributions of Dr. Spinale to the cardiovascular field including dissemination of research findings in peer-reviewed publications and research conferences, generation of extensive funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations and mentoring junior scientists including students, faculty and residents.
  • Congratulations to Alicia Grant and Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose for receipt of a Magellan Scholar Award titled “Bite force estimation and the fiber architecture of carnivore masticatory muscles”.
  • M1 Faculty Awards – Congratulations to the Medical Embryology and Gross Anatomy team for their excellent work during the 2014-2015 academic year!  Drs. Jim Wells and Francis Neuffer were nominated for 2015 String of Pearls talks.  Drs. Erika Blanck and Tripp Bell were nominated for the M1 Teacher of the Year Award.  For the second consecutive year, Dr. Bell received this award.
  • Tenure and Promotion Decisions – Congratulations to Dr. Daping Fan who recently received tenure with promotion to Associate Professor and to Drs. Edie Goldsmith and Holly LaVoie who received promotions to Full Professor.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jay Potts upon receipt of funding from Cook Biotech, Inc for his project titled “Novel microencapsulation for enhancing OASIS matrices”.    These studies will provide preclinical data establishing optimal parameters for delivery of peptide-containing microcarriers to promote healing and regeneration.  This project takes advantage of an established collaboration between the labs of Dr. Potts and Dr. Rob Gourdie at Virginia Tech University – Carillion.
  • Congratulations to Vinal Menon who has received a USC SPARC grant entitled “Altered hemodynamics regulates cardiac valve development”.  Vinal is a PhD student in the Biomedical Science program who is working under the mentorship of Dr. Jay Potts.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Francis Spinale, a recipient of the USC 2014 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award.  Dr. Spinale has an exemplary record of research and scholarly activity including over four hundred scientific publications and over three hundred presentations at scientific conferences.  He continues to be well-funded with research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Veteran’s Administration and ongoing collaborations with industrial partners.  Throughout his career, Dr. Spinale has been engaged in training the next generation of researchers and has mentored numerous junior scientists including faculty, residents, students and others.  Since arriving at USC, he has led efforts to expand the research capabilities of the University through acquisition of state-of-the-art biomedical research equipment.  Congratulations to Dr. Spinale on this much deserved recognition.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose for recent funding of his grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Collaborative Research: Skeletal Muscle Constraint on Relative Brain Size".   This collaborative research project focuses on the analysis of interspecific variation in muscle mass and muscle fiber composition across primates and will provide insight into how muscle contributes to the overall energy budget of an organism.
  • The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy sponsored two sessions of the Carolina Masters Scholars program, one in Cardiovascular Biology and the other in Functional Anatomy. Read more…

CBA Mission Statement

The USC Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy has as its core mission to aggressively pursue excellence in biomedical research and medical and graduate education. Faculty, students and staff in the department are dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge in biomedical science with concentrations in cardiovascular development/disease, reproductive biology, regenerative medicine and functional anatomy. Departmental personnel are also committed to providing rigorous, state-of-the-art education in anatomical and cell biological sciences to the next generation of researchers, educators and health care professionals.