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Molecular Genetics Technician

Email: bkessle@clemson.edu

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Brian Kessler is a molecular genetics technician at Clemson University’s Center for Human Genetics. As a member of the Research Core, Brian is tasked with supporting the ongoing research in the COBRE in Human Genetics by preparing genomic libraries for next generation high-throughput sequencing, as well as other necessary assays and technical support. Brian received his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences with a minor in microbiology in 2019 from Clemson University. As an undergraduate, Brian was a member of Dr. Samantha Price’s lab studying relationships between habitat complexity and marine teleostean fish morphology at a macroevolutionary level using a phylogenetic framework. After receiving his B.Sc., Brian worked for the biotechnology company Aalto Scientific, Ltd. initially as a quality control analyst and then as a protein purification technician. There he refined his skills handling molecular products derived from human and animal sourced tissue. These products would go on to be used in controls and calibrators for biomedical diagnostic equipment.

Research

  • Development of the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) as well as other projects within the Clemson University COBRE in Human Genetics.
  • Exploring biodiversity as a result of different evolutionary pressures.

Publications

Larouche, O., Benton, B., Corn, K.A., Friedman, S.T., Gross, D., Iwan, M., Kessler, B., Martinez, C.M., Rodriguez, S., Whelpley, H., Wainwright, P.C. & Price, S.A. (2020). Reef-associated fishes have more maneuverable body shapes at a macroevolutionary scale. Coral Reefs, 39, 1427–1439.