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.

Douglas Capone

Douglas Capone

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


Michael Waterman

Michael Waterman

Mike Waterman has been elected to the Chinese Academy of Science


Lorraine Turcotte

Lorraine Turcotte

Lorraine Turcotte was promoted to Full Professor in the Human and Evolutionary Biology Section.


Steve Finkel

Steve Finkel

Steve Finkel was promoted to Full Professor in the Molecular & Computational Biology Section.


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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