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Frank Alber, associate professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has won the 2012 Beckman Young Investigators Award. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Alber Receives Beckman Young Investigators Award

August 24, 2012

Frank Alber, newly tenured associate professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been honored with the prestigious 2012 Beckman Young Investigators Award, given to only five recipients this year. He is set to receive…

Scientists conduct research on vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean aboard a University of Hawaii vessel. Photo by Paul Lethaby.

Vitamin ‘Deserts’ in the Ocean Identified

July 25, 2012

Using a newly developed analytical technique, a team led by USC Dornsife scientists was the first to identify long-hypothesized vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean. “This is another twist to what limits life in the…

Steve Kay, incoming dean of USC Dornsife, is one of the world’s top experts on genes and circadian rhythms. He has published more than 200 papers and has been cited in <em>Science</em> magazine's “Breakthroughs of the Year” three times since 1997. Photo by Emily Cavalcanti.

Resetting Your Biological Clock

July 12, 2012

Led by Steve Kay, incoming dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, biologists at UC San Diego have discovered a chemical that offers a completely new and promising direction for the development of drugs…

From left, professors Kelvin Davies and Enrique Cadenas with consul general of France in Los Angeles David Martinon, USC provost Elizabeth Garrett and USC president C. L. Max Nikias Photo by Dennis Martinez.

USC Professors Cadenas and Davies Knighted by France

May 10, 2012

Two USC professors were knighted on May 9 by an Order of the French Republic, among the highest civilian decorations awarded in France. Kelvin J. A. Davies, James E. Birren Professor of Gerontology at the USC Davis School…

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Long Way Home

May 2, 2012

Late one night in 2006, Kwasi Connor entered a dark, empty laboratory at California State University, Los Angeles. Connor, now a Ph.D. candidate in USC Dornsife, had worked at the lab for two years under the tutelage of…

Professor Ada Yonath discusses the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum at a USC event. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

Nobel Laureate Visits USC, Inspires Students

March 2, 2012

Ada Yonath, one of just four women ever to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, told USC students last month what it takes to be a successful scientist: curiosity, passion and perseverance. Yonath, professor of structural…

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

March 1, 2012

Three faculty members in USC Dornsife’s Department of Biological Sciences received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and apply innovative methods to analyze data on proteins, genes…

Understanding the structure of the human genome is critical to understanding its function as a whole, according to USC Dornsife’s Lin Chen.

Scientists Create First 3-D Map of Human Genome

January 3, 2012

For the first time, scientists have developed a method for generating accurate three-dimensional models of the entire DNA strand of a cell, known as a genome. The genome plays a central role in the functions of almost all…

Dennis Hedgecock's 1986 article in <em>Bulletin of Marine Science</em> was one of the most cited articles in the journal's 60-year history. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Academic Journal Honors USC Professor's Contributions

November 9, 2011

Early in his career, USC marine biologist Dennis Hedgecock explored a pair of hypotheses that since have significantly influenced science’s understanding of how marine animals pass genes on to future generations. In…

Inset: <em>Alexandrium catenella</em> algae, which USC Dornsife biologist David Caron and his colleagues are studying. Photo courtesy of David Caron. Image: Red tide caused by dinoflagellates off the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier in La Jolla, Calif., in 2005. Photo by Alejandro Díaz.

Toxic Red Tides: USC Scientist Tracks Neurotoxin-Producing Algae

September 30, 2011

With toxic algal blooms — which can increase the amount of harmful toxins in the shellfish that California residents consume — ramping up in frequency and severity locally, scientists in USC Dornsife have…