Published May 11, 2017There's no denying that the Offspring's Dexter Holland has mastered the science of SoCal skate punk with a radio-friendly hip-hop flair, but it turns out he's mastered actual science as well. Proving he's pretty fly for a science guy, Holland has just received a PhD in molecular biology.
Dr. Holland sent an email to his Offspring fans to confirm the news, saying that he's ready to start focusing on the band again. Further, he detailed the subject of his PhD, which is admittedly noble:
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.
The original prankster's thesis title isn't quite as memorable or hooky as previous turns of phrase like "Come out and play" or "Mama why don't you get a job?" Instead, it's called "Discovery of Mature MicroRNASequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity."
If you feel so inclined, you can read his entire thesis here.
As to the future of the Offspring, he wrote:
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.