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When you choose to research at Clemson, you gain access to the resources of a Carnegie R1 research institution. Our active Extension and public service network, state-of-the-art innovation campuses and robust programs empower high-impact researchers to create the work they’ve always dreamed of.

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Each year in the United States, more than 2.8 million drug-resistant infections lead to 35,000 deaths. Jordon Gilmore, an associate professor of bioengineering, is developing a sensor to detect bacterial infections in wounds before they become resistant to antibiotics. The main challenge is that bacteria form biofilms that protect themselves from antibiotic treatments through a process called quorum sensing. The sensor that Gilmore’s team envisions would measure electrical and chemical activity related to bacterial growth and quorum sensing, an approach that would help eliminate some of the subjectivity involved in current wound diagnosis practices. Introducing a quantitative measure would help doctors prescribe the correct antibiotics and dosage at the optimal time for treatment. Gilmore’s long-term goal is to make the sensor accessible to at-home caregivers without specialized medical training.

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Innovation Clusters

Clemson’s innovation clusters represent the primary areas where the University has a rich history of expertise and new research opportunities designed to benefit our state and country.

  • Advanced Materials
  • Cyberinfrastructure and Big Data Science
  • Energy, Transportation and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Health Innovation
  • Human Resilience
  • Sustainable Environment
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Industry Partners

Clemson University faculty, staff and students provide expertise, state-of-the-art research facilities and the determined spirit required to create innovative answers for today’s industries.

Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
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Faculty Research Support

Clemson attracts and retains leading researchers by remaining committed to allocating funds, personnel and exclusive opportunities for researchers. Discover the programs and initiatives that provide Clemson researchers with grants, major research equipment and more.

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