Dr. Forsburg received her AB from UC Berkeley, her PhD from MIT, and was a postdoc at Oxford University.  She was a faculty member at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 1993-2004.  She is now at USC, where she is a Gabilan Distinguished Professor in Science  & Engineering, a Professor of Biological Sciences, and a Member of the USC-Norris Cancer Center.

Forsburg investigates the molecular mechanisms by which cells respond to genome stress.  This response is a fundamental barrier to malignancy and a defense against aging.  Forsburg is an expert in the genetics of the simple yeast S. pombe and a pioneer in combining live cell imaging and state of the art microscopy with classical molecular biology.  

Forsburg as a Stohlman Scholar of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, received the WICB Junior Faculty Award from the American Society for Cell Biology and the Alice M Evans Award from the American Society for Microbiology.  Forsburg is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of Women in Science, the California Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Microbiology.  In 2016, she received The Associate's Award, USC’s highest honor for teaching.