University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

Faculty Database

Edit Your Profile
Browser Requirements
Profile and Research Images
Customizing Your Pubmed and Google Scholar Search Strings

Edit Your Profile

Click here to edit your faculty profile. You will need to use your USC ID to log in (your email address without the If you need assistance or need to be added to the faculty database, please contact Sarah Bottjer at

Browser Requirements

The database system requires an up-to-date browser, and has been tested with Safari (not recommended) on the Mac, IE (not 7) on Windows, and Firefox (preferred) on both platforms. Note that both browser cookies and javascript MUST be enabled for proper functionality.

Profile and Research Images

Note: All images must be .jpeg or .gif files with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch (see below).

Research Images
The image uploader will automatically generate a thumbnail of your image to be displayed on your profile. Clicking this thumbnail will allow you to see the full image.

To upload your research images:

  • Click the "Enter Research Images" button underneath Research Description
  • In the window that pops up, click "Upload Image..."
    • Click "Browse" to locate the image on your computer
    • After selecting your image, click "Upload"
    • In the image preview, click "Save Image"
  • Enter a caption
  • Click "Save Research Image"
  • Click "Close Window"
Your images should be properly sized for screen viewing. We recommend not exceeding 800 pixels in width or 600 pixels in height at web resolution (72 pixels per inch).

Profile Images
Your profile image should be 336 pixels wide, and should be wider than it is tall. Your cropped resolution must be at 72 pixels per inch. See Image Resizing below for help resizing your profile image.

To upload your profile image:

  • Under Photo, click "Upload Photo"
    • In the window that pops up, click "Browse" to locate the image on your computer
    • After selecting your image, click "Upload"
    • In the image preview, click "Save Image"
  • Click the "Save" button on the Profile page to save the photo you've just uploaded

Photoshop Image Resizing

Note: Your images must be saved in RGB color mode in order to display in web browsers. Your image mode can be changed in Photoshop and Illustrator by selecting the Image pull down menu, selecting Mode, and then selecting RGB.

  1. Open your image in Adobe Photoshop (use Crop tool to crop as desired)
  2. Open Image Resize box: click on Image menu & go to Image Size
  3. In Pixel Dimension change the width of image to 336 pixels, and resolution to 72 pixels per inch
  4. See that Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions, Resample Image are checked
  5. Click on OK and then save modified image (click on File menu and go to Save As)
  6. Now click on "Upload Photo"

Note: In resizing an image, you will want to make sure that you aren't increasing the image size, as this will result in image degradation.


Up to 10 publications can be entered for your profile. You can specify:

  • in what order your publications are listed
    • Note: You can enter a number from 1 to 99 to order your publications, allowing you more ease and flexibility in reordering or adding new publications. For example, if you order your publications by 10s (10, 20, 30, 40) it'll be easier to place a new publication between two existing publications (for example, rather than renumber all of your publications to put something fourth in order, you could number it 35, thereby placing it between your current 3rd and 4th selections).
      Of course, you could also just go with 1 through 10.
  • a Pubmed ID, if applicable - entering the Pubmed number in the Pubmed ID field will generate an automated link from your profile to the publication
  • a URL to an online reference or copy of the publication
Please note that the URL should not be used to link to your Pubmed listing. You can also reorder your publications at any time by clicking "Edit" on the publication in question and changing the number.

Note: If copying and pasting publication info in from other sources, you may need to click the broom icon to clear any formatting carried over. Editing functionality is included to bold the names of ALL authors and the date, and to italicize the journal name. Please format publications as follows:

Iyengar, S., and Bottjer, S.W. (2002) The role of auditory experience in the formation of neural circuits underlying vocal learning in zebra finches. J Neurosci. 22: 946-958.

Customizing Your Google and PubMed Search Strings

The default search string for both Google and Pubmed is lastname-initial(s), e.g. trojan-tj. Additional search terms can be added to narrow search results if necessary.

[au] identifies the preceding term as the author name when it could be mistaken for a search term:

trojan-tj [au] AND (hormone OR psychoactive)

You can use the PubMed ID to retrieve publications when all else fails - [pmid] identifies the preceding term(s) as id number(s):

trojan-tj OR 15961863 [pmid]

or in addition to narrowing terms

trojan-tj [au] AND (hormone OR psychoactive) OR (1234556 7899876 [pmid])

Google Scholar Google's full documentation for refining your search can be found here. The following information is taken from that page:

Google Scholar supports most of the advanced operators in Google web search:
  • the "+" operator makes sure your results include common words, letters or numbers that Google's search technology generally ignores, as in [+de knuth];
  • the "-" operator excludes all results that include this search term, as in [flowers -author:flowers];
  • phrase search only returns results that include this exact phrase, as in ["as you like it"];
  • the "OR" operator returns results that include either of your search terms, as in [stock call OR put];
  • the "intitle:" operator as in [intitle:mars] only returns results that include your search term in the document's title.