EPIC is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the molecular mechanisms regulating virulence of eukaryotic pathogens. The center carries out the mission through the expertise of its faculty, education, cutting-edge research, intramural and extramural collaborations, publications, faculty participation in scientific meetings, and public outreach.
We appreciate the value of collaborative research. The shared infrastructure of the Life Sciences Facility provides a unique environment for critical inquiry and scholarly exchange and fosters an atmosphere of team-work, mentoring, and informal peer-review. We share our knowledge. The members of EPIC participate in international meetings and publish prolifically. We learn from others. EPIC researchers collaborate with scientists at other institutions across the country and throughout the world.
The bulk of the center's funding is derived from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Over the past decade, EPIC researchers have secured ~$6 million dollars in federal funding. However, in today’s setting of increasing competition for federal dollars, collaborative partnerships with industry and private foundations are also being sought.
We appreciate that research impacting global health should never stop. Therefore, we are creating a legacy of scientific inquiry by training the next generation of scientists. Our faculty members serve as mentors to junior faculty, post-doctoral research fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students in Clemson’s Departments of Biological Sciences and Genetics and Biochemistry.