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Biotech entrepreneur Min Zhou supports scientific serendipity in the Ying Lab

From left, Qi-Long Ying, Min Zhou, and Ying Lab postdoc Shi (Steve) Yue (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

“The most important discoveries that I’ve made have all come from nowhere,” said Qi-Long Ying, associate professor of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at USC. “They could not be planned.”

To foster this spirit of unexpected discovery, Chinese biotechnology entrepreneur Min Zhou has given an unrestricted gift of $500,000 to Ying’s lab, which studies how stem cells self-renew or differentiate into many specialized cell types.

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