The Offspring Frontman Earns Ph.D. in Molecular Biology

After several long years of hard work, Bryan "Dexter" Holland of the notable '90s punk band, The Offspring, has received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California. Holland joins the ranks of other esteemed rockers, like Brian May of Queen who received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 2007.

Holland's coursework within the field has largely centered around HIV research. In fact, he authored his 175–page dissertation on the topic, which is titled "Discovery of Mature MicroRNASequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity."

Regarding his dissertation, Holland said in a recent press release that it is "not meant to be a cure or even an immediate step toward a cure." However, he does believe that with continued research on the topic, paired with everything researchers have learned over the past 30 years, a cure is imminent.

About his own future in the field, Holland said that he plans to continue to research HIV and that we should plan to see more of his work in the field published over the next few years.

Meanwhile, The Offspring is going on tour all over the world with a set line of dates stretching through the end of September. You can catch up with the band and grab your tickets here.

The Offspring - "The Kids Aren't Alright" (Live, 2008)

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