Welcome remarks

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the USC CCMB Symposium 2016! We are excited to be hosting this event, which serves as a chance for us to come together and learn about exciting new steps being taken in craniofacial research.

We have a strong craniofacial community at USC. The Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology greatly values its partnerships throughout the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research within the Keck School of Medicine, and Viterbi School of Engineering, as well as our affiliation with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our collaborations are bringing translational medicine to the craniofacial clinic, leading to better care and improved patient health.

Our symposium this year focuses on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in craniofacial development and disease. We chose this theme because we recognize that further progress in craniofacial biology will require a greater understanding of epigenetic as well as genetic factors, and crucially, how the two interact. Our speakers will contextualize these issues as they discuss their work studying various tissue types, and focusing on cells at all stages of development.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our invited speakers, and we thank them for their contributions and support. Thanks also to Amy Merrill-Brugger, Jian Xu, Ruchi Bajpai and Patricia Thompson for organizing this symposium.

Fight on!

Yang Chai, DDS, PhD


George and MaryLou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular Biology

Associate Dean of Research

Director, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California