The Clemson University Center for Human Genetics is housed in Self Regional Hall, a state-of-the-art research and educational facility located in Greenwood, South Carolina. Research in the center focuses on genomic, computational and comparative genetic approaches to gain insights in genetic and environmental risk factors for human diseases.
The Center promotes a collaborative interdisciplinary environment that involves faculty in Self Regional Hall and affiliated Center members from the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, and the School for Mathematics and Statistics on the main Clemson University campus. The Center for Human Genetics actively engages regional, national and international partnerships and provides excellent opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral research.
Center faculty interact closely with clinicians and research scientists at the adjacent Greenwood Genetic Center (www.ggc.org). Collaborative studies utilize the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, a classic model for large scale genetic studies; and the zebrafish, Danio rerio, a widely used model for developmental genetics, as well as studies on huma...n cell lines and patient samples. Faculty in the Center integrate high-throughput genome sequencing technologies and analyses of large data sets with advanced computational approaches to acquire broad-based insights in the composition and dynamics of genetic networks that are associated with variation in complex traits in human health and disease.
The center is directed by Dr. Trudy F. C. Mackay, Self Family Endowed Professor of Genetics and Biochemistry in the College of Science. Dr. Mackay is widely recognized as a leading authority on the genetics of complex traits.