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Faculty Scholar Weiguo Cao Ph.D. < at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Weiguo Cao, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry
College Science

Contact: 864-656-4176 or wgc@clemson.edu


Who is Dr. Cao?

Weiguo Cao's main research focus areas are nitrosative stress and DNA damage, DNA methylation and demethylation and DNA repair. His research is supported by grants from both the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense. Weiguo teaches biochemistry at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His lab, Cao Lab in the Life Sciences Facility, focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of DNA repair and demethylation.

How Dr. Cao’s research is transforming health care

DNA is constantly assaulted by stresses that damage its building blocks. Damage to DNA can cause mutations resulting in various diseases. Weiguo is working to further the understanding of DNA repair and its ability to evolve to repair different types of DNA damage. DNA mutation and repair and DNA methylation status are related to cancer, mental retardation and other diseases.

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Health Research Expertise Keywords

DNA Repair, Nitrosative Stress, Enzymes, Genetics