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Susan Forsburg, professor of molecular biology in USC Dornsife (left), led a team in a study recently published in <em>Cell Reports</em>, that shed light on the centromere — the center of the “X” shape of a chromosome. Forsburg's former Ph.D. student, Pao-Chen Li (right), now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, was among the co-authors. Photo by Eric O’Connell.

The Synergistic Effect

March 11, 2013

USC Dornsife scientists have discovered how two different structural apparatuses collaborate to protect repetitive DNA when it is at its most vulnerable — while it is being unzipped for replication. The centromere…

USC Dornsife School of International Relations Professor Philip Seib is credited for strengthening the relationship between the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and institutions of higher education around the world. Photo by Maggie Smith.

Seib Returns to Teaching IR

March 6, 2013

Professor Philip Seib, who has served as director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) since 2009, will return to full-time teaching and research on Aug. 1. Seib, professor of journalism and international relations in…

USC Dornsife Nicos Petasis and his team explored the structure of resolvin D3 to better understand why and how it works to shut off inflammation. Image courtesy of Nicos Petasis.

Beyond Headache Relief

February 27, 2013

A team from USC Dornsife and Harvard University has uncovered a key biological mechanism that makes aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids effective at reducing inflammation. Doctors have long prescribed aspirin together with a diet…

The DNA double helix (shown here) is stabilized primarily by two forces: hydrogen bonds between nucleotides and base-stacking interactions among aromatic nucleobases.

Affordable DNA Sequencing

February 26, 2013

Two USC Dornsife scientists have developed an algorithm that could help make DNA sequencing affordable enough for clinics — and could be useful to researchers of all stripes. Andrew Smith, a computational biologist in…

The experience students will have in the new molecular genetics and biochemistry progressive degree program is similar to a first year Ph.D. program, said USC Dornsife's Susan Forsburg. Here Forsburg stands with Michael Getz at his commencement, whom she mentored in her laboratory. Photo courtesy of Susan Forsburg.

Year of Research = Master’s

February 21, 2013

The USC Dornsife Department of Biological Sciences has launched a new progressive master’s degree in molecular genetics and biochemistry. The program gives students an opportunity to earn a graduate degree and immerse…

Valter Longo, associate professor of neurobiology in USC Dornsife, is corresponding author of an <em>Aging Cell</em> study indicating that mice with Alzheimer's disease showed improvements when given a protein-restricted diet. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Low-Protein Slows Alzheimer’s

February 19, 2013

Mice with many of the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease showed fewer signs of the condition when given a protein-restricted diet supplemented with specific amino acids every other week for four months. At advanced…

USC Dornsife's Remo Rohs was chosen as a research fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, demonstrating his research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become a leader in the scientific community. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Remo Rohs Selected as Sloan Research Fellow

February 19, 2013

Remo Rohs of USC Dornsife has been selected as a research fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, it was announced today. Fei Sha of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering was also chosen. Rohs and Sha are among 126…

USC Dornsife lecturer and poet Dana Gioia advises students, "Don’t limit yourself to thinking the only thing a poet can do is teach poetry.” Photo courtesy of Aspen Institute.

The Gioia of Poetry

February 19, 2013

“La Vie Bohème” may be romantic, but even poets need to eat. Solving that dilemma is something many artists don’t give ample consideration to early in their lives, said Dana Gioia, Judge Widney…

USC Dornsife scientists lead efforts to protect marine life during climate change by combining marine and evolutionary biology in an emerging field that requires new scientific models. Photo © Kristian Taylor 2013.

Battling Oceanic Climate Change

February 15, 2013

Changes to the temperature and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere are causing fundamental changes to the ocean, too. The water is getting warmer and more acidic, and those changes may reconfigure the microbial communities that…

Imagine if you never felt cold. USC Dornsife's David McKemy made that happen in lab models, eliminating the nerve cells responsible for chilly sensations while keeping the ability to feel heat and touch. Ultimately, their findings might lead to ways to control pain without numbing all sensations. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Chilling Discovery

February 14, 2013

USC Dornsife neuroscientists have isolated chills at a cellular level, identifying the sensory network of neurons in the skin that relays the sensation of cold. David McKemy, associate professor of neurobiology in USC…