University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Peggy Farnham, Ph.D.

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Interim Director

Photograph of Peggy Farnham

Peggy Farnham, Ph.D., is the William M. Keck Professor of Biochemistry and the Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. She is the Co-Leader of the Epigenetics and Regulation Program.

Dr. Farnham received her B.A. in Biochemistry from Rice University Houston, Texas in 1978. She received her doctorate in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 1982 and completed postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at Stanford University, Stanford, California in 1986.

Dr. Farnham previously held Professorships at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Farnham is an international leader in the study of chromatin regulation and its control of transcription factor binding and function. She is a member of several international consortia of genomic scientists, including ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements), PsychENCODE, and the NIH Roadmap Epigenomics Project. Based on her contributions to biomedical research, she was elected as a fellow of AAAS in 2010 and in 2012 she received the ASBMB Herbert A. Sober Award, which recognizes outstanding biochemical and molecular biological research with particular emphasis on the development of methods and techniques to aid in research.