Clemson Canine Genetics


Welcome to the Clemson University Canine Genetics Research Laboratory

The Clark Lab at Clemson University is studying inherited diseases and other genetic phenotypes in the dog.



Current Lab News:


 Congratulations to our new graduates! (May 2016)


(Left to right: Brittany Rosener is finishing her dual degrees at Clemson University, Alex Davis will begin medical school at USC-Greenville in the fall,

Corey Blanks will begin dental school at MUSC in June, and Brandon Kiser will be working at the Greenwood Genetics Center.




Dr. Clark and Jacquelyn Evans presented information regarding the DMS risk assessment at the Shetland Sheepdog National Specialty (April 2016) 



Dr. Clark and Jacquelyn Evans presented a research update to the Swedish Collie Club (October 2015)


Attended the 8th International Conference on Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited

Disease in Cambridge, UK (June 2015)

(From left: Dr. Tsai, Jacquelyn, Dr. Clark, Dr. Starr-Moss, Dr. Melissa Cox)



Attended American Shetland Sheepdog National Specialty (April 2015)


Dr. Clark and Dr. Starr-Moss's Creative Inquiry students gave a seminar on genetics


Congratulations to our new graduate! (May 2015)

Erin Peterson will be attending graduate school at NC State University


Congratulations to our new graduate! (December 2014)


Dr. Catilin Rinz is now a post-doc researcher at the University of Georgia 


Congratulations to our graduates! (May 2014)
(Left) Dr. Rooksana Noorai is working at the Clemson University Genomics Institute.
(Right) Victoria Nelson will be attending graduate school at the University of Georgia.
 Attended Collie Club of America 2014 National Specialty
(April 2014)
 Attended 2013 International Conference on Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases
(Left to Right) (Top)  Dr. Kate Tsai, Caitlin Rinz
(Bottom) Jacquelyn Evans, Dr. Alison Starr-Moss
Dr. Starr-Moss wins Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising (May 2013)

Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

(Left to right: Melissa Beyer will be starting a genetic counseling program at VCU.
Kathryn Mercer will begin veterinary school at Cornell University in the fall.
Jacquelyn Evans is starting work on a Ph.D. at Clemson University this fall.)


Attended 1st Annual Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Clemson University
(April  2013)

(Rooksie Noorai)

Research Featured in New York Times Article (December 20, 2012)

Visited Dr. Sheila Schmutz's laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan (September 2012)

(Dayna Dreger and Dr. Clark)


Attended Eureka Poster Presentation at Clemson University (August 2012)
(Brittany Rosener presenting her poster on using qPCR to detect the merle allele of SILV )


Attended American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in New Orleans, LA (June 2012)
(Olesia Kennedy, Dr. Clark, Dr. David Williams, and Enzyme Diane in front of the EPI4DOGS booth)


Attended meeting at Texas A & M Institute of Pre-clinical Studies in College Station, TX (May 2012)

(Rooksie standing with the 12th Man statue in front of Kyle Field and The Reveille Cemetery)


Clemson University President Jim Barker visited with Dr. Leigh Anne Clark (December 2011)

(President Barker and Dr. Clark)


Dr. Mike Vaughan visited the Clemson Canine Genetics Lab (November 2011)

(Dr. Mike lecturing in Genetics 450)

          (Dr. Mike, Dr. Starr, and the Clark lab) 


Noorai initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (October 2011)

(Dean Thomas Scott of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences and Rooksie Noorai)


Dr. Sharon Vanderlip and her daughter visited with the Clark Lab (October 2011)

(Jacquelynn Vanderlip, Rooksie Noorai, Dr. Sharon Vanderlip, Dr. Leigh Anne Clark)


Attended Canine and Feline Breeding and Genetics Conference in Boston, MA (September 2011) 
(Dr. Kate Tsai, Dr. Alison Starr-Moss, & Dr. Leigh Anne Clark in front of Paul Revere's House)
(Dr. Kate Tsai presenting her poster on Episodic Falling Syndrome in CKCS)


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