Scott Tanner

Genetics and Biochemistry Department

Office: 157 Poole Agricultural Center
Phone: 864-656-3826


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Molecular & Cellular Pathology
University of Alabama at Birmingham 2012

B.S. (Honors) Biology
Indiana University 2007

 Courses Taught

GEN 3040: Molecular Biology Laboratory
GEN 4110: Population & Quantitative Genetics Laboratory
GEN 4210: Molecular Genetics & Gene Regulation Laboratory


Dr. Tanner completed his Ph.D. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Molecular and Cellular Pathology in 2012 studying the immune response in inflammatory bowel disease. He then spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in UAB’s Departments of Microbiology, Pediatric Surgery, and Pathology studying a variety of different gastrointestinal disorders including inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, and necrotizing enterocolitis. During that time, he was also an adjunct professor at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL, teaching introductory biology. Before coming to Clemson in 2017, he spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC teaching General Biology (majors & non-majors), Genetics, Biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Immunology.

Dr. Tanner is a member of the American Society of Microbiology, where he completed the ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program. He is also an active member of the Histochemical Society, serving as the chair of HCS’s Education Committee and as a Course Lecturer for the yearly Immunohistochemistry & Microscopy course at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Dr. Tanner is originally from the Cincinnati, OH, but has also lived in Seattle, WA, Wilmington, NC, Bloomington, IN, and Birmingham, AL. Dr. Tanner married his wife Rachel, an optometrist, in 2010. They welcomed Michael into their family in 2016.

 Research Interests

My scientific research interests focus on immune interactions with commensal bacteria in the intestinal tract, and how the immune response to these organisms influence disease development.

Pedagogically, I am interested in improving the scientific literacy of undergraduate students, specifically exploring new ways to improve scientific writing skills.

 Extension and Outreach

Camp Counselor & Cabin Group Leader, Camp Oasis - Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
Judge, Piedmont Region III Science Fair


Tanner SM, Daft JG, Hill SA, Martin CA, Lorenz RG: Altered T Cell Balance in Lymphoid Organs of a Mouse Model of Colorectal Cancer. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. 2016. 64(12). 753-767. PMID: 27798287.

Tanner SM, Segarra VA: Comparing outdated and updated textbook figures helps introduce undergraduates to primary literature. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 2015. 16(1). 90-2. PMID: 25949767

Culbreath CC, Tanner SM, Yeramilli VA, Berryhill TF, Lorenz RG, Martin CA. Environmental-mediated intestinal homeostasis in neonatal mice. Journal of Surgical Research. 2015. 198(2). 494-501. PMID: 25940157.

Tanner SM, Berryhill TF, Ellenburg JL, Jilling T, Cleveland DS, Lorenz RG, Martin CA: Pathogenesis of Necrotizing Enterocolitis: Modeling the Innate Immune Response. American Journal of Pathology. 2015. 185(1). 4-16. PMID: 25447054

Wolf KJ, Tanner SM, Hartmann R, Khafipour E, Lorenz RG: Consumption of Acidic Liquids Alters the Gut Microbiome and Decreases the Risk of Type 1 Diabetes. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. 2014. 62(4). 237-50. PMID: 24453191

Tanner SM, Staley EM, Lorenz RG: Decreased regulatory T cell numbers in the intestine precede the development of colitis in the FVB.mdr1a-/- mouse. Mucosal Immunology. 2013. 6(2). 309-23. PMID: 22874899

Staley EM, Tanner SM, Daft JG, Stanus AL, Lorenz RG: Maintenance of host leukocytes in peripheral immune compartments following lethal irradiation and bone marrow reconstitution: Implications for graft versus host disease. Transplant Immunology. 2013. 28(2). 112-19. PMID: 23334064

Staley EM, Yarbrough VR, Schoeb TR, Daft JG, Tanner SM, Steverson D Jr, and Lorenz, RG: Murine P-glycoprotein Deficiency Alters Intestinal Injury and Repair and Blunts Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Radioprotection. Radiation Research. 2012. 178(3). 207-16. PMID: 22780103

Schmitz JM, Durham CG, Schoeb TR, Soltou TD, Wolf KJ, Tanner SM, McCracken VM, Lorenz RG: Helicobacter felis-Associated Gastric Disease in Microbiota-Restricted Mice. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. 2011. 59(9). 826-41. PMID: 21852692

Staley EM, Dimmitt RA, Schoeb TR, Tanner SM, Lorenz RG: Critical role for P-glycoprotein expression in hematopoietic cells in the FVB.mdr1a-/- model of colitis. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2011. 53(6): 666-73. PMID: 21681110

Xu X, Jackson PL, Tanner SM, Hardison MT, Roda MA, Blalock JE, Gaggar G: A Self-Propigating Matrix Metalloprotease-9 (MMP-9) Dependent Cycle of Chronic Neutrophilic Inflammation. PLoS ONE. 2011. 6: e15781. PMID: 21249198

Dimmitt RA, Staley EM, Chuang G, Tanner SM, Soltau, TD, and Lorenz RG: Role of Postnatal Acquisition of the Intestinal Microbiome in the Early Development of Immune Function. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2010. 51(3): 262-73. PMID: 20639773