The Offspring frontmanDexter Holland just gained a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Southern California!
His thesis was focused on human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.
"You might ask, why are you getting a Ph.D.?" he wrote on the band's website. "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."
"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 and AIDS. 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."
You can read Dexter's thesis, 'Discovery of mature microRNA sequences within the protein-coding regions of global HIV-1 genomes: predictions of novel mechanisms for viral infection and pathogenicity', right here.
Congratulations are definitely in order. To that end, here's some classic pop-punk.
Speaking of, Dexter mentioned that The Offspring have new music on the way. Which is obviously good news.
"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."