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The Offspring’s Dexter Holland Completes Ph.D.

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  1. Melody Bot

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    The Offspring’s Dexter Holland has graduated from the University of Southern California with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. The announcement from Dexter can be read below.

    Dexter here. Well we’re gearing up for another busy year touring (and recording), and I can’t wait. In fact I’m actually writing this from our tour stop in Charlotte, NC before our show here this weekend. I know I haven’t posted much for awhile – cause I’ve been busy!

    This is sort of an announcement that I completed my dissertation defense and that means that I’ll be graduating on May 11 with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California.

    You might ask, why are you getting a Ph.D.? Well, pick the correct answer from the choices below!
    A) I was bored
    B) I like suffering
    C) I am interested in the molecular dynamics of HIV infection and of virus:host interactions in general

    No, the answer’s not all three!…actually, as many of you already know I started the Ph.D. a long time ago but put it on hold when we started touring a lot. I finally went back a few years ago. To finish I had to research and write a thesis, or dissertation, which is kind of like the biggest term paper you’ll ever do (mine is about 175 pages).

    My research focused on the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus which causes AIDS.I am interested in virology and wanted to contribute in some small way to the knowledge which has been learned about HIV andAIDS.This terrible disease remains a worldwide epidemic – over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected and living with the HIV virus.Over one million people a year die from this disease.

    My research is not meant to be a cure or even an immediate step toward a cure, but I believe that by adding to the vast amount of information that we’ve learned about HIV in the last 30 years or so, we’ll get there.Toward that end, I’m going to continue to do research, and you’ll probably see some of my research papers get published here and there over the next few years.
    So, what does this all mean for the band? It means…the BAND IS BACK ON! Well, we never really stopped touring and making records, but we’ll be doing a bunch of shows all around the world this year plus recording new stuff every chance we get. Look for new music by us out soon.

    See you on the road! Dexter.

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  2. TDenverFan


    Very impressive, good for him.
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  3. ncarrab

    Prestigious Supporter

    That's awesome.
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  4. Junction183


    Very cool. Dexter already had a Ph.D. in Punk.
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  5. SkyGrowsBigger


    I'd say more recently it's been an MSc in Marketing and Brand Development
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  6. CMilliken


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  7. maxracer


    joke: dude his hot sauce is going NUCLEAR now
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  8. maxracer


    wait that's physics not biology.
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  9. Crisp X

    Don't stop looking at me Supporter

    That's incredible. Molecular biology is so hard for me !! He's so inspiring for me as a future scientist
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  10. bd007h's resident Meg Myers fan #GoSabres/Bills

    Literally a genius.
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  11. mercury

    modern-day offspring fanatic Supporter

    This is the coolest. The fact that Dexter was a super smart dude who basically gave up school/etc to go make music was the reason I got so into the Offspring to begin with (same with Kesha, actually). So much respect for him for studying HIV, as well.
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  12. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    That's fucking impressive, well done.
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  13. Raku


    I really love 'The Offspring' and this further cements that =D
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