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An inspirational teacher who touched many lives during his 47 years at USC Dornsife, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences Arnold Dunn is pictured here in his laboratory in 1987. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Arnold Dunn, 85

April 23, 2014

Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences Arnold Dunn, who taught at USC Dornsife for 47 years and served as president of the USC Faculty Senate and as associate dean of the USC Graduate School, has died. He was 85. Dunn died…

From left: Casey Donovan, professor of biological sciences; post-doctoral scholars and lead authors MaryAnn Bohland-Matveyenko and Anne Jokiaho; and Alan Watts, professor of neurobiology. The USC Dornsife research team's work on how the body detects hypoglycemia could have far reaching implications for the development of insulin therapies to treat diabetes. Their findings are published in two papers in <em>Diabetes</em>. Photo courtesy of Casey Donovan.

The Diabetes Detectives

April 17, 2014

To the casual observer, the 14-year-old kicking a ball around in the park with his friends looked like he had energy to burn. But the boy has Type 1 diabetes, a chronic debilitating autoimmune disorder that commonly manifests…

USC Dornsife's Susan Forsburg, who conducts cancer research using fission yeast cells, earns a fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). Photo by Eric O’Connell.

Forsburg Earns New Fellowship

April 15, 2014

Susan Forsburg, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife, has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) for her scientific achievement and outstanding and original contributions to the…

Like many residents of Molochio, a small Italian town which has one of the highest prevalences of centenarians in the world, Salvatore Caruso, 108, maintained a low-protein plant-based diet for the majority of his life.

Hamburger Blues

March 11, 2014

That chicken wing you’re eating could be as deadly as a cigarette. In a new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during…

Marc Green, research lab technician at the USC Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (CEMMA), offers training sessions for new users of the GE DeltaVision OMX Blaze. Photo by Robert Perkins.

Mind-Bending Microscope

February 21, 2014

Thanks to an interdisciplinary, cross-campus effort, USC Dornsife is now home to one of the most advanced microscopes in the world — a device that pushes beyond what was once believed to be the boundary of visible light…

During presentations at the California Science Center, USC Dornsife students found simple ways to demonstrate complex concepts such as propulsion in a space shuttle like the Atlantis liftoff in 2010 shown here.

Dissolving Away Confusion

January 9, 2014

USC Dornsife senior Vahak Bairamian dropped an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a small plastic container filled with water and closed the lid. The container was encased in a long, vertical tube. The audience at the California…

Valter Longo, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife with a joint appointment at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, researches genes that control aging. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Rock of Ages

January 8, 2014

Growing up in Genoa, Italy, Valter Longo spent countless hours emulating the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix. At 16, he moved to Chicago to take jazz guitar lessons before heading to the University of North Texas to continue his…

USC Dornsife senior and budding entrepreneur Sanjay Rajpoot is launching a company devoted to taking hydroponics mainstream with the goal of helping to end world hunger. Photo by Matt Stone.

Hydroponics Grows Up

December 19, 2013

Six years ago, then-16-year-old high school student Sanjay Rajpoot was channel surfing at his parents’ Santa Barbara, Calif., home when a documentary caught his attention. It was about hydroponics — the practice of…

Chi Mak, professor and chair of chemistry (left) and Myron Goodman, professor of biological sciences and chemistry, have collaborated on research published Oct. 11 in <em>The Journal of Biological Chemistry</em> selected by the journal as "paper of the week." Mak photo by Taylor Foust. Goodman photo by Philip Channing.

Unlocking Biology With Math

October 10, 2013

USC Dornsife scientists have created a mathematical model that explains and predicts the biological process that creates antibody diversity — the phenomenon that keeps us healthy by generating robust immune systems…

USC Dornsife’s Steven Finkel works in his laboratory with biological sciences senior Christopher Geiger. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diversifying the Lab

September 23, 2013

For more than a decade, USC Dornsife’s Steven Finkel has been working to diversify the field of biological sciences. “It’s not a secret, academic research departments don’t look like America,”…