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The Offspring frontman takes the crown of Smartest Guy in Rock by getting Ph.D in Molecular Biology from USC

By: Branden Griffith

May 11, 2017

Dexter Holland is known to many as the frontman of The Offspring, a title he has carried since the band's formation in 1984. 

But as of May 11, that's Dr. Dexter Holland, smartest man in Rock & Roll, to you.

The 51-year-old singer and guitarist took to the band's official Facebook page to share the news that on May 11, he received his Ph.D in Molecular Biology from USC, and he plans to continue researching HIV and AIDS.

You can read his full explanation below: 

What does that mean for The Offspring? Pretty much nothing. The band plans to continue making music and touring that music around the world. At the end of the post he remarks, "Look for new music by us out soon."

And while you're waiting for new music, also keep your eye out for new studies and research authored or co-authored by Holland.

If you want to read Dr. Holland's dissertation (it's about 175 pages long), the title is Discovery of Mature MicroRNA Sequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity, and USC has it published here.