Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs. Home to a vibrant community of life scientists, the department’s research spans the scales of biological organization from molecules and cells to organisms, populations, species, and communities. An emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative research gives faculty and students opportunities to investigate a diverse array of living systems using a wide variety of research approaches and tools including X-ray crystallography, molecular assays, and computational genomic analyses to advanced microscopy, electrophysiology, and field research in Antarctica, Africa, and the Pacific Ocean.

Linda Duguay

Linda Duguay

Linda Duguay has been elected to serve from 2016-2018 as President of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO- formerly the American Association of Limnology & Oceanography), the largest international organization devoted to the aquatic sciences.


Peter Kuhn

Peter Kuhn

Peter Kuhn has been appointed as professor of Biological Sciences.


Raymond Stevens

Raymond Stevens

Ray Stevens has been appointed as Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry.


Douglas Capone

Douglas Capone

Douglas Capone received the 2014 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in May


Dion Dickman

Dion Dickman

Dion Dickman of the Neurobiology Section has received a Sloan Foundation Fellowship


Susan Forsburg

Susan Forsburg

Susan Forsburg of the MCB Section has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology


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Biological Sciences Department Chair: Doug Capone



  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371