BISC News

Kay Lab Creates First Vast Library of Master Genetic Switches in Plants
July 17, 2014

Aiding researchers throughout the world in the underfunded field of plant research, the collection can lead to the design of…

Alumnus Goes Full Speed Ahead
July 10, 2014

The Peace Corps and USC Dornsife led biology graduate student to international naval research.

Food Revolution
April 7, 2014

Students spend Spring break at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island studying the science of sustainable…

Killing Cancer
October 16, 2013

USC Dornsife‚Äôs Charles McKenna and Myron Goodman have been awarded a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health…

Class of 2017
July 17, 2013

With Freshman Orientation in full throttle, Lillian Insalata of University Communications caught up with a few incoming USC…

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 — from X-ray crystallography, molecular assays, and computational genomic analyses to advanced microscopy, electrophysiology, and field research in Antarctica, Africa, and the Pacific Ocean.




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