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Contact Information

P: 864-656-2328
E: biolsci@clemson.edu

Campus Location

132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Graduate Faculty Areas of Study

There are research openings in biological sciences, microbiology and environmental toxicology. Labs of faculty with an asterisk (*) next to their names are available for lab rotations for Ph.D. students. Contact individual faculty directly or fill out a Clemson University Graduate School inquiry form.

To connect with faculty, visit the Departmental Directory page and select the name of the desired faculty member or click a faculty member’s name in the tables below.

Biological Sciences

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees include specializations in one of three emphasis areas:

  • Ecology and evolutionary biology.
  • Cell, molecular and developmental biology.
  • Comparative organismal biology.
Faculty Name Area of Study

Baeza, J. Antonio*

Behavioral and evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics and genomics.

Bain, Lisa*

Mechanisms of developmental toxicity.

Baldwin, William*

Interplay between obesity and toxicant exposure.

Barrett, Kyle*

Global change ecology, conservation biology.

Bewick, Sharon*

Dynamical systems models applied to everything from disease to community ecology.

Blob, Rick

Evolutionary morphology and biomechanics.

Campbell, Barbara*

Microbial ecology and bioinformatics.

Cao, Min*

Bacteria, host, and inter-kingdom communications.

Chapman, Susan*

Developmental biology and genetics of autism.

Childress, Michael

Coral reef ecology and marine animal behavior.

Dasgupta, Subham*

Mechanisms of developmental toxicity, diet-toxicant interactions, in vivo screening.

Dhingra, Sourabh*

Fungal biology, pathogenesis and drug response.

Dou, Zhicheng*

Nutrient metabolism in parasitic pathogens.

Feliciano, David*

Brain development and disorders.

Fridley, Jason*

Plant and ecosystem ecology.

George, Julie*

Neurobiology and neurogenomics.

Karig, David*

Synthetic biology; systems biology; microbiome analysis and engineering.

Kornev, Kostya*

Evolutionary morphology, physiology and biomechanics of insects.

Koski, Matthew*

Plant evolutionary ecology, floral evolution.

Lee, Cindy

Fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants.

Liu, Qing*

Stem cell biology, cardiovascular toxicology and metabolism, genomics.

Malacrinò, Antonino* (January 2025)

Microbiomes, host-microbiome ecology and evolution, hologenomics, bioinformatics.

Mukhtar, Karolina

Plant molecular biology, plant responses to biotic and abiotic stress, plant immunity.

Parkinson, Christopher

Evolution of biodiversity, genomics, phylogenetics.

Ptacek, Margaret

Speciation; animal behavior and mating systems; population divergence in fishes; conservation genetics.

Powder, Kara*

Craniofacial development and evolution.

Price, Samantha*

Biodiversity and macroevolution; phylogenetics and paleontology.

Rock, Kylie*

Reproductive toxicology, placental development and function, One-Health investigations to identify chemical-associated health risks.

Rice, Charles

Immunotoxicology, comparative marine immunobiology.

Richards, Vincent*

Microbial genomics.

Rosowski, Emily*

Host-pathogen interactions in zebrafish.

Seekatz, Anna*

Interactions between infectious diseases and the gut microbiota.

Skogen, Krissa

Plant evolutionary ecology, plant-animal interactions.

Temesvari, Lesly*

Molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern the biogenesis and function of endosomes, protein trafficking in the pathogenicity of the protozoan parasite, Entamoeba histolytica.

Turnbull, Matt*

Virus ecology and molecular biology.

van den Hurk, Peter

Toxicology of environmental pollutants in aquatic ecosystems, effects of contaminants, detoxification of pollutants.

Wei, Yanzhang

NK cell-based anti-cancer immunotherapy.

White, Sarah

Water treatment, wetland (ecologically)-based chemical remediation.

Wickett, Norman*

Plant systematics, phylogenomics and comparative genomics.

Youngflesh, Casey*

Quantitative ecology, population biology, biodiversity.

 


Microbiology

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees include specializations in one of three emphasis areas:

  • Cellular and physiological microbiology.
  • Microbial genetics and molecular microbiology.
  • Environmental microbiology.
Faculty Name Area of Study

Campbell, Barbara*

Microbial ecology and bioinformatics.

Cao, Min*

Bacteria, host, and inter-kingdom communications.

Dhingra, Sourabh*

Fungal biology, pathogenesis and drug response.

Dou, Zhicheng*

Nutrient metabolism in parasitic pathogens.

Feliciano, David*

Brain development and disorders.

Finneran, Kevin*

Bioremediation, biodegradation, combined microbial and chemical reactions.

Jiang, Xiuping*

Foodborne pathogen detection and inactivation; antibiotic resistance.

Kurtz, Harry

Microbial diversity and biogeochemistry.

Malacrinò, Antonino* (January 2025)

Microbiomes, host-microbiome ecology and evolution, hologenomics, bioinformatics.

Richards, Vincent*

Microbial genomics.

Rosowski, Emily*

Host-pathogen interactions in zebrafish.

Seekatz, Anna*

Interactions between infectious diseases and the gut microbiota.

Temesvari, Lesly*

Molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern the biogenesis and function of endosomes, protein trafficking in the pathogenicity of the protozoan parasite, Entamoeba histolytica.

Tzeng, Jeremy

Magnetic mediated energy delivery for selective killing of pathogens.

 


Environmental Toxicology

A diverse range of research interests within the environmental toxicology graduate program are grouped into three main emphasis areas:

  • Chemical fate.
  • Biochemical toxicology.
  • Ecological and aquatic toxicology.
Faculty Name Area of Study

Bain, Lisa*

Mechanisms of developmental toxicity.

Baldwin, William*

Interplay between obesity and toxicant exposure.

Dasgupta, Subham*

Mechanisms of developmental toxicity, diet-toxicant interactions, in vivo screening.

Finneran, Kevin*

Bioremediation, biodegradation, combined microbial and chemical reactions.

Johnson, Alan

Landscape ecology, risk assessment.

Lee, Cindy

Transformation mechanisms and kinetics of organic contaminants.

Liu, Qing*

Stem cell biology, cardiovascular toxicology and metabolism, genomics.

Macauley, Matthew

Toxicokinetic modeling.

Rock, Kylie

Reproductive toxicology, placental development and function, One-Health investigations to identify chemical-associated health risks.

Rice, Charles

Comparative immunobiology and immunotoxicology.

Strickland, James

Toxicology of natural plant materials.

van den Hurk, Peter

Phase II detoxification enzymes and biomarkers.

White, Sarah

Nutrient remediation using constructed wetland systems.

 

Find out More

For more information about graduate students currently in the graduate programs, visit the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association website.

Additional questions about degree programs should be addressed to the graduate student services coordinator. Alternatively, email:

Contact Information

P: 864-656-2328
E: biolsci@clemson.edu

Campus Location

132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.