LABS - Institute for Educational Advancement

LABS advances students’ intellectual curiosity and passion for STEM by exposing them to innovative research conducted by brilliant scientists in the field.

Learning Among Brilliant Scientists (LABS) students gain access to new knowledge and are introduced to the skills needed to be a successful scientific researcher through workshops that include a seminar and hands-on learning experience.


LABS develops the whole child by:

  • Engaging students in a unique educational experience to learn about a brilliant scientist’s current research work.
  • Promoting optimal challenge for students seeking opportunities to further their interests and passions in the STEM field.
  • Building a community of like-minded learners interested in STEM.
LABS Schedule and Application

“LABS engages students early on in unique research topics. I was so impressed by these students’ intuition for science. They expressed a lot of insightful observations about the topic. This is the type of experience I wish I had had as a young student.” LABS Speaker

Upcoming Lectures

How does the brain change with age? The adult brain possesses the remarkable ability to adapt to experiences, create memories, and respond to injury. However, the adult brain experiences progressive loss of function during chronological aging that is made worse by neurodegeneration. Interestingly, aging occurs within individual brain stem cells (cellular aging) due to inflammation, altered metabolism, stress and DNA damage. These factors that initiate aging represent early targets for promoting health throughout life. We will explore how brain naturally fights against aging and how scientists rejuvenate stem cells in the aged brain of mammals in hope to enable new approaches for regenerative medicine and the treatment of brain disorders.



Albina Ibrayeva is a PhD Candidate in the Dr. Michael Bonaguidi’s lab, which is part of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (USC Stem Cell, within the USC Keck School of Medicine. Her current work focuses on neural stem cells during development and aging in the hope of identifying novel preventative and restorative therapeutic targets against age-related neurological disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Specifically, she looks at the development stages and investigates the origin of adult NSCs and their contributions to an aging phenotype.



When: Monday, April 27, 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PST

Duration: 1.5 hours

Where: ONLINE ONLY- Registration link will be sent upon successful registration 

Cost: $35*

Please note upon registration, a LABS team member will be in touch with you via email to confirm and finalize your child’s enrollment in the workshop.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. 

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Participants must be:

  • Ages 12-16
  • Passionate about learning
  • Interested in pursuing an advanced STEM research topic

*You do not need to be a current IEA student to register for LABS. Students from all school districts are welcome.