Min Yu speaks at stem cell symposium with USC, UCLA and UCSF researchers

Last Friday, scientists from USC, UCLA and UCSF gathered at a symposium to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their three stem cell research centers, established with support from Eli and Edythe Broad and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). As the guests of honor, the Broads marked the milestone by surprising the centers with a $1 million gift to support eight grants for early-stage stem cell research projects.

At the symposium, USC researcher Min Yu discussed the mutations underlying cancer. Her lab studies patient-derived breast cancer stem cells (CSCs), which break off of the primary tumor, enter the blood stream and seed the new metastatic tumors that ultimately prove fatal. In analyzing these CSCs, her lab found that certain mutations and gene activity can consistently predict specific patterns of metastasis—such as the formation of secondary tumors in the brain versus other organs. These insights could inform the future of personalized medicine.

To read more about the event, visit stemcell.usc.edu/2017/02/06/the-broad-foundation-gives-a-tenth-birthday-gift-to-the-usc-ucla-and-ucsf-stem-cell-centers.