864-889-0519 chg@clemson.edu

Lab Manager, Mackay-Anholt Laboratory

Email: rlyman@clemson.edu


Roberta Lyman, Clemson Center for Human Genetics

I have an associate degree from Rock Valley College, a BA from Knox College and two years of graduate work at Northern Illinois University, and I have been involved in laboratory science, both teaching and research, since 1971. Some of the things I’ve worked on are the breakdown of hydrocarbons by extreme thermophiles, causes of and cures for mastitis in ruminants, sharing of resistant microorganisms between people and their pets/farm animals, primary productivity in brine fish ponds in Israel, phenotypic plasticity in D. melanogaster, and corn isozymes. I’ve worked for three universities, two colleges, and a couple companies and with bacteria, various plants, fruit flies, fish, cows, and goats. I am currently back to working with fruit flies.


I enjoy assisting all the very bright people I work with at the Clemson Center for Human Genetics and seeing to it that they have everything they need when they need it. During the past year I’ve become increasingly interested in the manipulation of drosophila for use in the study of human disease and am pleased that I’ve been allowed to participate in the research.


Anderson KL, Kearns R, Lyman RL, and Correa MT. (2019) Staphylococci in dairy goats and human milkers, and the relationship with herd management practices. Small Ruminant Research, 171, 13-22.

Mullen KA, Lyman RL, Washburn SP, Baynes RE, and Anderson KL. (2018) Short communication: Effect of 3 phytoceutical products on elimination of bacteria in experimentally induce Streptococcus uberis clinical mastitis. Journal of Dairy Science, 101(11), 10409-10413.

Gonҫalves JL, Lyman RL, Hockett M, Rodriguez R, dos Santos MV, and Anderson KL. (2017) Using milk leukocyte differentials for diagnosis of subclinical bovine mastitis. Journal of Dairy Science, 84(3), 309-317.