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Faculty Scholar Miriam K. Konkel, M.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Miriam K. Konkel, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Genetics and Biochemistry
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Contact: 864-656-3346 or mkonkel@clemson.edu


Who is Dr. Konkel?

Miriam Konkel is an Assistant Professor in the department of Genetics & Biochemistry. During medical school she investigated host-pathogen interactions of HIV. Her postdoctoral work centered on on primate genomics with focus on mobile elements (e.g. how genomes evolve with respect to mobile elements and how mobile elements evolve). Over the last decade, Dr. Konkel has been a member of ten genome consortia and the Louisiana Healthy Aging Study. Here at Clemson, her research interests encompass utilizing both scientific and medical expertise to extend toward precision medicine with emphasis on multifactorial diseases. Toward this Dr. Konkel is interested in the genetics of pre-term birth and preeclampsia.

For more information, see her Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Konkel’s research is transforming health care

In the United States, more than 10% of infants are born prematurely. Reasons for preterm birth are manifold. Some are the result of medical intervention due to pregnancy complications; e.g. preeclampsia represents one reason to induce labor before term. For others, preterm birth occurs without known reason. A genetic predisposition seems to be present for about 2/5 of preterm births based on family and population genetic data. Moreover, there is now evidence that genetic variation in the same genes may be risk factors for preterm birth and preeclampsia. Dr. Konkel is interested in the genetic predisposition of preterm birth, preeclampsia, and stillbirth to identify women at risk during pregnancy to prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes.


Health Research Expertise Keywords

Structural variation, Genomics, genetics, Precision medicine, Human computer interaction, Preeclampsia, Stillbirth, Pre-term birth, Mobile elements