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Emily Gersema

Emily Gersema

Emily Gersema is Associate Director of Communications for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Before joining USC, she worked as a media strategy and social media consultant, and was an investigative journalist.

Stories by Emily Gersema:

USC scientists determine how melatonin works
The sleep-promoting hormone melatonin (shown as a constellation in the night sky) is synthesized from serotonin (shown as a kite) during night time. Melatonin then connects to the high-affinity receptors (shown at right). Illustration by Yekaterina Kadyshevsk

Unlocking melatonin’s role in the biological clock may mean more than a good night’s sleep

An international team of scientists — including researchers at USC — have created 3D models of melatonin receptors, opening the door to new drugs for health issues beyond sleep.

Illustration: Cancer's circadian clock
A new drug appears to stop cancer by jamming the circadian rhythm of cancer cells. Scientists say this promising treatment hindered the growth of different types of cancer in their lab and mouse studies, including bone cancer, acute myeloid leukemia and kidney cancer. (Illustration/Dennis Lan, iStock)

New drug may slow cancer’s circadian clock, halts its spread

USC scientists know that disrupting sleep and other elements of humans’ circadian rhythm can harm health. The same may be true for the circadian clock of cells themselves.

Cultural appropriation and appreciation: Panel
Viet Thanh Nguyen, right, speaks on a panel that includes Rebecca Hall, Melissa Chan, Josh Kun and Aditi Mayer, from left, on the topic of "Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?" at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. (USC Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

What is the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation?

A panel of experts, including MacArthur “Genius Grant” awardees Viet Thanh Nguyen and Josh Kun, explains the history of cultural appropriation and growing awareness in the digital era.