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Trudy Mackay

Genetics and Biochemistry

Endowed Chair

Director, Center for Human Genetics
Professor, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

Long Hall 106 (Office)
Self Regional Hall (Greenwood Genetics Lab) 110 (Office)
Self Regional Hall (Greenwood Genetics Lab) 122 (Lab)
Self Regional Hall (Greenwood Genetics Lab) 124 (Lab)
Self Regional Hall (Greenwood Genetics Lab) 126 (Lab)


Educational Background

B,Sc., Biology, Dalhousie University
M.Sc., Genetics, Dalhousie University
Ph.D., Genetics, University of Edinburgh

Profile/About Me

Trudy Mackay is the Director of the Center for Human Genetics, the Self Family Endowed Chair of Human Genetics and Professor of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University. Her laboratory focuses on understanding the genetic and environmental factors affecting variation in quantitative traits, using Drosophila as a translational model system. Her laboratory seeks to identify the genetic loci at which segregating and mutational variation occurs, allelic effects and environmental sensitivities, and the causal molecular variants. Her research utilizes mutagenesis to identify candidate genes and pathways, quantitative trait locus mapping of alleles segregating in nature, systems genetics analyses to provide biological context and identify transcriptional and genetic networks affecting complex traits; and germline gene editing to prove causal associations. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the 2016 Wolf Prize Laureate for Agriculture and the 2018 Dawson Prize recipient, Trinity College, Dublin.