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Winner of a Partner University Fund (PUF) award, Charles McKenna of USC College and his team will develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Une Collaboration Parfaite

May 28, 2010

Charles McKenna, professor and chair of chemistry in USC College, has received a Partner University Fund (PUF) award enabling him to develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France. Of 78 proposals,…

Larry Swanson, USC College professor and one of the nation’s leading neuroanatomists, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Photo credit Carin Baer.

Larry Swanson Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

April 28, 2010

Larry Swanson, the Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences in USC College, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the…

Tammara Anderson (left), Mitchell Lew, Daniel Potter, Janet Lin and Holly Villamagna at the speaking event on campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Obstetrician Delivered Flourishing Program

March 30, 2010

A biology undergraduate in USC College, Daniel Potter wanted to become a doctor, but found it difficult to volunteer at local clinics or hospitals to gain first-hand experience. "Half the time, you'd call to volunteer and…

Magnus Nordborg of molecular and computational biology is the senior author of the study, and postdoctoral researcher Susanna Atwell is the co-first author.

Searching for Genes Behind a Trait

March 25, 2010

A method pioneered to find the genetic basis of human diseases also holds promise for locating the genes behind important traits in plants, according to a study published online on March 24 by the journal Nature. A large team…

Donal Manahan is the director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the study’s senior author. Photo credit Roger Snider.

Donal Manahan Studies Growth of Oysters

March 24, 2010

In physical, as in financial growth, it’s not what you make but what you keep that counts, USC marine biologists believe. Their study of genes associated with growth in oysters suggests that slow-growing animals waste…

Sergey Nuzhdin and his co-researchers focused on Arabidopsis Lyrata in their paper about how plants survive in marginal soil environments. Photo credit William Cullina, <a href="http://www.williamcullina.com/"> www.williamcullina.com</a>.

Surviving Serpentine Soil

January 25, 2010

Recently published in Nature Genetics, a paper by Sergey Nuzhdin, alumnus Tom Turner, and their co-researchers reveals how plants survive in marginal soil environments. Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology in USC College,…

The Amazon River outflow extends thousands of kilometers into the Atlantic Ocean.

Support Hiked for Amazon River Study

January 14, 2010

An enormous plume of freshwater leaves the Amazon River and spreads across the tropical Atlantic Ocean, setting the stage for the symbiosis of some bacteria and algae on a scale that appears to subtly influence the climate of…

Oscar Aparicio, associate professor of biological sciences in USC College, received a federal stimulus grant, which will support additional researchers and enable him to upgrade his equipment to the highest-quality technologies available for microarray data analyses. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Funds to Help in the Fight Against Cancer

December 23, 2009

Oscar Aparicio, associate professor of biological sciences in USC College, has received a $316,417 federal stimulus grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The award will enable him to hire a…

Study co-author Kenneth Nealson. Photo credit Philip Channing.

New Bacterial Behavior Discovered

December 17, 2009

Bacteria dance the electric slide, officially named electrokinesis, in a new study by USC geobiologists. The study, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, describes a bacterial…

A stimulus grant awarded to USC College molecular biology professor Sergey Nuzhdin will enable the purchase of a genome sequencer and allow experimentalists to analyze data produced with their custom techniques.

Sergey Nuzhdin Awarded Stimulus Grant

September 28, 2009

Sergey Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology at USC College, has been awarded a $563,000 stimulus grant to purchase an Illumina/Solexa Genome Sequencer. The money also will cover the salaries of technical and bioinformatics…