Michael Sehorn

Associate Professor
Genetics and Biochemistry Department

Office: Life Science Building 057A
Phone: 864-656-2572
Email: msehorn@clemson.edu


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport 2002

B.S. Biology
New Mexico Tech 1995

 Courses Taught

BCHM 3050: Essential Elements of Biochemistry
BCHM 4360/6360/4360H: Molecular Biology: Genes to Proteins
BCHM 4900: C-MED Shadowing experience for Pre-med
BCHM 4900: GHS Surgery Research
GEN/BCHM 4910: DNA Repair
GEN/BCHM 4910H: DNA Repair
BCHM 4930: Senior Seminar


I am a member of The Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), a Faculty Scholar in the Clemson University School of Health Research and a member of the Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center (EPIC).

 Research Interests

DNA double-strand breaks can result from exposure to endogenous sources such as free radicals and collapsed replication forks or through exposure to exogenous sources such as ionizing radiation. Efficient repair of these breaks is important to maintain genome stability. Homologous recombination (HR) is one of two major pathways that repairs DNA double-strand breaks. Homologous recombination is a major pathway that utilizes a template to mend DNA double-stranded breaks. This pathway contains numerous proteins including the RAD51 and DMC1 recombinases. My laboratory strives to understand the mechanism of homology-directed repair of DNA double-strand breaks mediated by RAD51 and DMC1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Entamoeba histolytica, and humans.


Kelso, A.A., Goodson, S.D., Temesvari, L.A., Sehorn, M.G. (2016) Data on Rad51 amino acid sequences from higher and lower eukaryotic model organisms and parasites. Data Brief. 10:364-368. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2016.12.002.

Kelso, A.A., Goodson, S.D., Watts, L.E., Ledford, L.L., Waldvogel, S.M., Diehl, J.N., Shah, S.B., Say, A.F., White, J.D., Sehorn, M.G. (2016) The β-isoform of BCCIP promotes ADP release from the RAD51 presynaptic filament and enhances homologous DNA pairing. Nucleic Acids Res. 45(2):711-725. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkw877.

Kelso, A.A., Goodson, S.D., Chavan, S., Say, A.F., Turchick, A., Sharma, D., Ledford, L.L., Ratterman, E., Leskoske, K., King, A.V., Attaway, C.C., Bandera, Y.P., Foulger, S.H., Mazin, A.V., Temesvari, L.A., Sehorn, M.G. (2016) Characterization of the recombination activities of the Entamoeba histolytica Rad51 recombinase. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. pii: S0166-6851(16)30124-4. doi: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2016.09.001.

Jenkins, R., Bandera, Y.P., Daniele, M.A., Ledford, L.L., Tietje, A., Kelso, A.A., Sehorn, M.G., Wei, Y., Chakrabarti, M., Ray, S.K., Foulger, S.H. (2016) Sequestering survivin to functionalized nanoparticles: a strategy to enhance apoptosis in cancer cells. Biomater Sci. 4(4):614-26. doi: 10.1039/c5bm00580a.

Kelso, A.A., Say, A.F., Sharma, D., Ledford, L.A., Turchick, A., Saski, C.A., King A.V., Attaway, C.C., Temevari, L.A., Sehorn, M.G. Entamoeba histolytica Dmc1 catalyzes homologous DNA pairing and Strand exchange that is stimulated by Calcium and Hop2-Mnd1. (2015) PLoS One.   Sep 30;10(9):e0139399. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139399.

Sharma, D., Say, A.F., Ledford, L.L., Hughes A.J., Sehorn, H.A., Dwyer, D.S., Sehorn, M.G. Role of the conserved lysine within the Walker A Motif of human Dmc1. (2013) DNA Repair. 12(1):53-62.

Daniele, M.A., Bandera, Y.P., Sharma, D., Rungta, P., Roeder, R., Sehorn, M.G., Foulger, S.H. (2012) Substrate-Baited Nanoparticles: A catch and release strategy for enzyme recognition and harvesting. Small. 8(13):2083-90.

Busygina, V., Saro, D., Williams, G., Leung, W.K., Say, A.F., Sehorn, M.G., Sung, P., and Tsubouchi, H. (2011) Novel attributes of Hed1 affect dynamics and activity of Rad51 presynaptic filament during meiotic recombination. J. Biol. Chem. 287(2):1566-75.

Sehorn, M.G., Sehorn, H. A. (2011) Visualization of human Dmc1 presynaptic filaments. Methods Mol. Biol. 745:485-96.

Say, A. F., Ledford, L.A., Sharma, D., Singh, A.K., Leung, W.K., Sehorn, H.A., Tsubouchi, H., Sung, P., Sehorn, M.G. (2011) The budding yeast Mei5-Sae3 complex interacts with Rad51 and preferentially binds a DNA fork structure. DNA Repair. 10(6):586-94.

Rungta, P., Bandera, Y.P., Roeder, R.D., Li, Y., Baldwin, W.S., Sharma, D., Sehorn, M.G., Luzinov, I., Foulger, S.H. (2011) Selective Imaging and Killing of Cancer Cells with Protein Activated Near-Infrared Fluorescing Nanoparticles. Macromol Biosci. 11(7):927-37.

Gaines, W.A., Sehorn, M.G., Marcotte, W.R. Jr. (2010) Spidroin N-terminal domain promotes a pH-dependent association of silk proteins during self-assembly. J. Biol. Chem. 285(52):40745-53.

Chi, P., Kwon, Y., Moses, D. N., Seong, C., Sehorn, M.G., Singh, A.K., Tsubouchi, H., Greene, E.C., Klein, H.L., Sung, P. (2009) Functional Interactions of Meiotic Recombination Factors Rdh54 and Dmc1. DNA Repair 8(2):279-84.

Sheridan, S. D., Yu, X., Roth, R., Heuser, J.E., Sehorn, M.G., Sung, P., Egelman, E.H., Bishop, D.K. (2008) A comparative analysis of Dmc1 and Rad51 nucleoprotein filaments.
Nucleic Acids Res. 36(12):4057-66.

Busygina, V., Sehorn, M.G., Shi, I., Tsubouchi, H., Roeder, S., Sung, P. (2008) Hed1 regulates Rad51-mediated recombination via a novel mechanism. Genes Dev. 22(6):786-95.

Seong, C., Sehorn, M.G., Plate, I., Shi, I., Song, B., Chi, P, Mortensen, U., Sung, P., and Krejci, L. (2008) Molecular anatomy of the recombination mediator function of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Rad52. J. Biol. Chem. 283(18):12166-74.