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Sequencing Method Yields Fuller Picture

Sequencing Method Yields Fuller Picture

August 1, 2007

USC College biologists have developed a method for sequencing both chromosomes of an organism. Their study appears in a recent issue of Genome Research. The statistical method is significant because when researchers announce…

Nicotine Rush Hinges on Sugar in Neurons

Nicotine Rush Hinges on Sugar in Neurons

July 1, 2007

When nicotine binds to a neuron, how does the cell know to send the signal that announces a smoker’s high? As with other questions involving good sensations, the answer appears to be sugar. A USC study appearing with a…

Fellow Scientists Salute Susan Forsburg

Fellow Scientists Salute Susan Forsburg

February 1, 2007

Long a de facto role model for women in academia, USC College biologist Susan Forsburg has made it official by becoming a fellow of the Association for Women in Science. Forsburg and nine others were honored Feb. 18 in San…

Life Sciences Building Named in Honor of Alumnus

Life Sciences Building Named in Honor of Alumnus

February 1, 2007

Amidst a shower of cardinal and gold streamers and music from the Trojan Band, USC College christened its flagship life sciences building the Ray R. Irani Hall on Friday, Feb. 9. The building was dedicated in honor of USC…

Good For the Goose, Not So Great For the Gander

Good For the Goose, Not So Great For the Gander

February 1, 2007

In the summer of 2005, USC College molecular biologist John Tower sent an e-mail marked high priority to all of his graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. From now on, he wrote, all experiments must include both…

Natural Selection at Single Gene Demonstrated

April 24, 2006

Biologists seeking elusive proof of natural selection at the single-gene level have a powerful new tool at their disposal. Chris Toomajian, postdoctoral researcher in molecular and computational biology in USC College, led…

A Boost to a Young Scientist’s Career

A Boost to a Young Scientist’s Career

March 1, 2006

Computational biologist named Sloan Fellow By Eva Emerson March 2006 USC College computational biologist Xianghong Jasmine Zhou has been named a 2006 Sloan Research Fellow. Established in 1955 by the Alfred P. Sloan…

College Professors Blazing the Trail in Research: Three Receive International Honors

College Professors Blazing the Trail in Research: Three Receive International Honors

August 1, 2005

A neuroscientist, a computational biologist and an organic chemist — all three professors in USC College — have won national and international honors for their outstanding research. University Professor Michael…

USC College Dedicates New Facility

USC College Dedicates New Facility

April 27, 2005

The Molecular & Computational Biology Building will house researchers working on the front lines of genomics, genetics and molecular evolution. President Sample calls the four-floor structure a ‘gateway of new…

Excited about Genomes

February 1, 2005

Demystifying genomics opens field to under-represented minority students and undergrads By Eva Emerson February 2005 Genomic science is still new enough that many people don’t have a clear idea of what the…