STAR/EHA Student, Samiha Mahin, featured in Los Angeles Daily News and ABC7 Cool Kid Segment

Samiha Mahin is a student at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, and one of 600 students who have participated in the USC STAR/EHA program for aspiring scientists. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

Samiha Mahin is a student at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, and one of 600 students who have participated in the USC STAR/EHA program for aspiring scientists. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

Below is an excerpt from an article originally published in the Los Angeles Daily News on November 13, 2017:

Samiha Mahin, a 17-year-old high school senior from North Hollywood, has an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

It’s what led her to a program at the USC School of Pharmacy. That’s where she commutes to after attending high school in L.A., where she’s built on her interest in the study of human reproduction.

She studies chemical effects on male reproductive organs, and during her first three years in high school, she was part of a research team studying artificial wombs.

But for Samiha, the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, the complications from premature births became not just the topic of a science fair research project. It became real-life.

Shortly after completing the project for the science fair, her brother Nibbir was born prematurely. Like many premature babies, he was born with several genetic disorders. Suddenly, science fair research became real life for Samiha. For the full story, click here

Below is the ABC7 Cool Kid segment originally aired on December 1, 2017:

USC Faculty Leads the 2017-18 STAR/EHA Program

Thanks to the following USC faculty members for participating in the 2017-18 STAR/EHA Program!

Dr. Barbara Cone, Infant Hearing Audiology Clinic

Dr. Heather Wipfli, USC Institute for Global Health

Dr. Paula Cannon, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Yang Chai, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology

Dr Julio A. Camarero, Camarero Lab, Pharmacology Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Houda Alachkar, Alachkar Lab

Dr. Martine Culty, Department of Male Endocrinology

Dr. Steve Swenson, Neurological Surgery

Dr. Paul M. Beringer, Clinical Pharmacy

Dr. Francesca Mariani, Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Jean C. Shih, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Science

Dr. Keigo Machida, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Ruchi Bajpai, Center for Cranial Facial Molecular Biology

Dr. Preet Chaudhary, Hematology

Dr. Daryl L Davies, Pharmacology

Leading Alzheimer’s Disease Researcher Helping Youth Use Bright, Young Minds

December 1, 2015 7:14 PM (Video Link)

LINCOLN HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — A leading Alzheimer’s disease researcher is helping inner-city kids use their bright, young minds.

Dr. Roberta Brinton founded the USC Science, Technology and Research (STAR) program, which has led many students to careers in science and medicine.

“The STAR program is the Science, Technology, and Research program that gives high school students at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School the opportunity to learn science by conducting real science,” she said.

Each year, about 20 high school students in their junior or senior year participate in the program, which was founded nearly 30 years ago.

The students are able to walk to USC after school as their campus is just blocks away and work in an actual lab alongside scientists and engineers.

“They are conducting research that is contributing to discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, for cancer, for developmental disorders,” Brinton said.


CIRM STAR Interns at CIRM Creativity Day in SF

August 7th, 2015

August 7th, 2015


Congratulations, STAR Class of 2015!

STAR Class of 2015 college attendance: UCLA, USC, Stanford, Caltech, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UCSD, UCI, UCSC

June 2015

June 2015


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Inaugural STARs Ascending Assembly

STAR Program alumni returned to Bravo High School to share their story of success with students.


STAR Alumni Panel

  • Dr. Arthur Ohannesian: Physician at UCLA
  • Dr. Jenny Martinez: Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at USC CHAN Division
  • Nam Che: Lab Manager at UCLA
  • Stella Gukasyan: Principal Investiagotor/Evaluator AIDS Project LA

USC Bravo Science & Engineering Fair

February 24, 2015