Geoffrey Ford

Genetics and Biochemistry Department

Office: Poole 93A
Phone: 864-656-3828


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Chemistry
University of South Carolina 2016

B.S. Chemistry
Presbyterian College 2009

 Courses Taught

BCHM 3040 Molecular Biology Laboratory
BCHM 4330 Physical Approach to Biochemistry Laboratory
BCHM 4340 Biochemistry of Metabolism Laboratory


I attended Presbyterian College from 2005 until 2009, earning a Bachelors of Science with a minor in Biology. During my junior and senior years, I performed research in both organic and inorganic chemistry, while helping to coordinate the local ACS chapter and was inducted into the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society.

I entered the Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 2010. My research focus was on bacterial metabolism, primarily looking at the metabolism, function, and cross-talk of various transition state metals. This has since sparked my interested in the function of transition metals across other simple, single-celled organisms and the niches they fill.

I am a homegrown South Carolinian. I was born in Columbia, but grew up in Lexington, SC. While I’ve had the pleasure to travel all around the US and Europe, I have always looked forward to coming back to SC. I currently live in Seneca, SC with my wife, Amanda, and we are looking forward to starting our new life together here at Clemson University. I have taught various courses in chemistry at several state institutions and look forward to my tenure here. I plan to bring with me my experiences in order to help prepare the students here at Clemson University for all of their future endeavors. Biochemistry is an amazing science that is truly rewarding to teach, and I hope to impart on my students a similar enthusiasm.

 Research Interests

My research interests encompass bacterial metabolism, primarily the metabolism of transition metals.