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Dornsife College
Viterbi School of Engineering
Davis School of Gerontology
Keck School of Medicine
Provost’s Postdocs

Dornsife College

Darby Saxbe’s Ph.D. background in clinical psychology and the effects of family relationships on physiology drew her to Dr. Gayla Margolin’s work in the Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center – the state-of-the-art facility where Darby is using neuroimaging technology to study the effect of chronic family conflict on young peoples’ well-being. [Read More]

 

Viterbi School of Engineering

As a leader of the USC Postdoctoral Association, Scott Young worked to build a strong community of postdocs on the University Park campus. At the same time, he worked in Dr. Terence Sanger’s lab to find ways to help children with movement disorders regain control over their muscle activity.  Read about his research at USC here.  Find out about Scott’s post-USC plans here.

In Professor Andrea Armani’s lab at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Postdoctoral Research Associate and South Central Los Angeles native Rasheeda Hawk is trying to detect epigenetic changes that may lead to cancer. Her research may lead to a method of cancer detection capable to identifying pre-cancer conditions in cells years before cancerous tumors are formed. Following her postdoc at USC, Rasheeda hopes to pursue a career in academia in Southern California. [Read More]

Jason Gamba followed Professor Andrea Armani from Caltech to work with her here at USC on developing a device capable of detecting ultralow concentrations of molecules in a sample solution without placing a tag on those molecules. Implications for this device are its clinical use to detect biomarkers for cancer and other diseases. [Read More]

Davis School of Gerontology

USC postdoc Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, who is currently a visiting research fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University, is studying how Gompertz mortality rate accelerations and human lifespan have changed with increased life expectancy. He hopes in the future to create population projections that take age-specific patterns in health risk factors into account. [Read More]

 

 

 

The long and healthy life of her great-grandfather, Tonet—who died at 103 years old—sparked Aïda Solé-Auró’s lifelong interest in the aging process. A native Spaniard, she earned two master’s degrees, one in business and one in actuarial science and finance, before getting her Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona under the supervision of international aging experts Monsterrat Guillén and Eileen Crimmins. [Read More]

Keck School of Medicine

Keck School of Medicine postdoctoral fellow Terry Kelly received a well-earned career jumpstart when the National Cancer Institute awarded her its Pathway to Independence Award in the fall of 2011. Known as a K99R00 grant, the Pathway to Independence Award is extremely prestigious, and is designed to transition promising young scientists out of their mentored postdoctoral positions and into tenure-track, independent research positions.  [Read More]


Dr. Glovioell Rowland, a USC postdoc in the Keck School’s Department of Preventive Medicine, specifically the Institute for Prevention Research (IPR), assumed the role of director of the national cancer registry in Belize in summer 2012.  The high rates of cancer she witnessed in the African American community prompted her to pursue postdoctoral research at USC, where she worked with Dr. Sue Ingles in molecular epidemiology and health prevention/translational medicine, with a focus on identifying the trends in prostate cancer among medically underserved men.  [Read More]

 

 

Dr. Hossein Nazari has begun research funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He is studying immune microenvironments in the subretinal area with special attention to what are known as retinal pigmented epithelium, or RPE cells. These cells provide protection of the retina against diseases and can even provide immune privilege to implanted stem cells – a useful characteristic of RPE cells that helps keep transplants from being rejected. Dr. Nazari’s project is dedicated to exploring the scope of immune environments in macular degeneration with and without the presence of stem cell derived RPE cells. [Read More]

Provost’s Postdocs

Tracy McMullen, USC Provost’s Postdoc, moves on to begin a career as a faculty member at Bowdoin College in Fall of 2012. Tracy talks about her journey from student to postdoc to faculty member and discusses her upcoming book.  [Read More]

 

 

 

USC Provost’s Postdoc Nathan Perl-Rosenthal talks about his passion for history, compares New York and Los Angeles, and shares his excitement about joining the USC history department as a faculty member.  [Read More]

 

 

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