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Welcome to the Genetics and Biochemistry Website!

Dr Cao, Interim Chair of Clemson's Genetics and Biochemistry DepartmentWe offer rich and challenging curricula that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in genetics or in biochemistry. Faculty members bring the most current research findings to their courses for a state-of-the-art educational experience and the associated rigorous laboratory components connect theories with hands-on practice. Our undergraduate students graduate ready to enter the workforce in academia, industry or government, and/or to pursue advanced degrees in medical or professional schools. The success of our programs is evidenced by acceptance of our bachelor's graduates into top graduate programs (e.g., Vanderbilt, Virginia, Duke, Oxford, MD Anderson) and professional/medical schools (Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Washington University in St. Louis, Emory, North Carolina, to name few).

Our graduate programs lead to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in genetics or in biochemistry and molecular biology. In addition to a set of required core courses and other specialized course offerings, the department utilizes a laboratory rotation system to assist students in identification of a home laboratory for their doctoral research projects. Our Ph.D. graduates are successful in securing sought-after postdoctoral positions at schools such as Yale, Wisconsin-Madison, Cold Spring Harbor Labs and the Noble Foundation, and subsequently transitioning to tenure-track faculty positions and other career paths. Our postdoctoral scholars participate in the training of graduate students and submit their own research proposals as they develop their own careers as independent investigators.

Our faculty have teaching and research expertise in areas ranging from molecular, developmental and population genetics to protein biochemistry, bioinformatics, genomics, and systems biology. A variety of model systems including microbial, plant, fruit fly and human cell lines are used to understand the basic life processes and to apply the basic knowledge to human health.

Faculty and research laboratories are housed in the Life Sciences Facility (LSF); the Biosystems Research Complex (BRC), that includes access to an extensive greenhouse complex; and the newly completed Self Regional Hall in Greenwood, South Carolina, that houses the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics. All these facilities include state-of-the-art equipment that, when coupled with extensive private, state and federal funding, allow our students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge through novel research.

I invite you to peruse our website for more specific information about our research programs and degree curricula. We hope you will find the special opportunity you have been seeking in our offerings and encourage you to contact us if you need additional information.


Weiguo Cao, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair