January 12, 2016

President Barack Obama will bestow the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to USC Professor Mark Humayun, who is the director of the California Project to Cure Blindness (CPCB). The CPCB is a collaboration between USC, UC Santa Barbara, Caltech, and The City of Hope to develop a stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration. 

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November 24, 2015

More than seven million people in the US struggle to see. While most are not completely blind they have difficulty with, or simply can’t do, daily tasks most of us take for granted. CIRM has committed more than $100 million to 17 projects trying to solve this unmet medical need. Two of those projects have begun clinical trials testing cell therapies in patients.

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November 18, 2015

An award-winning essay by Dr. Sherry Hikita, former director of the Stem Cell Core at UC Santa Barbara, and now a research scientist at Asterias Biotherapeutics, describes her motivation to do stem cell research.

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October 14, 2015

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 marks Stem Cell Awareness Day, which brings together organizations and individuals around the world working to ensure that we realize the benefits of one of the most promising fields of science in our time. The day is a unique global opportunity to foster greater understanding about stem cell research and the range of potential applications for disease and injury. UC Santa Barbara researchers participated in the event with local outreach talks in Santa Barbara at the Vista Del Monte Retirement Community, the annual meeting of the UCSB Board of Trustees, and at San Marcos High School. In addition, our latest research was presented at scientific meetings, including the Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine in London. UC Santa Barbara is at the forefront of research in stem cell biology and engineering, with advances being made in understanding molecular mechanisms of stem cell biology, the discoveries of novel biotechnologies, and translation of cellular therapies for ocular disease. For information, please see

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October 02, 2015

How is stem cell research changing the field of Age-Related Macular Degeneration? This video explains how stem cell research, funded by California’s Proposition 71: the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, is leading to groundbreaking advances in Macular Degeneration.

This video was produced as part of the Americans for Cures Foundation's Report Back to the Public program. For more information about Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Vision Loss, check out the new Americans for Cures website, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for live updates.

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September 15, 2014

Roxanne Croze was one of 19 United States Delegates to participate in the Meeting of the Nobel Laureates, Physiology and Medicine. She interacted with over 600 young researchers and 37 Nobel Laureates from 80 countries in a week long conference. 

July 09, 2014

As one of her faculty references states, “In my 25 years at UCSB, she ranks at the very top in terms of teaching ability and enthusiasm for science education and teaching. She is also an intelligent and capable researcher with a strong and passionate commitment to science, and she is already making an impact on the field. She is one of a kind!”

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July 09, 2014

About 70 high school students from Santa Barbara County participated in UCSB’s Research Mentorship Program (RMP). RMP allows a select group of 10th- and 11th-graders to conduct collaborative, graduate-level research during a six-week program preparing them for post-high school.

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(L-R) Roxanne Croze, Tracy Clevenger, Dennis Clegg, Michelle Maloney and Lyndsay Leach.
April 26, 2014

Stem Cell Center scientists turned out for the Santa Barbara VisionWalk in April to raise funds for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Thirteen teams participated in this year's event, raising nearly $34,000 (and counting) for critical retinal degenerative disease research. If you would like to donate, please send checks to  

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Attn:  Santa Barbara VisionWalk
2800 28th Street, Suite 310
Santa Monica, CA  90405

April 02, 2014

This award recognizes the contributions of graduate students who have shown excellence in their role as a Teaching Assistant in the teaching mission of UC Santa Barbara during the 2013-14 school year.