About Us

Serving Clemson’s diverse scientific community

The Clemson University Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility (CUGBF) helps investigators use the latest genomics technologies in their research. The heart of our facility is Illumina’s NextSeq 550 NGS platform, which offers high throughput sequencing used in many applications such as whole-genome, transcriptome, and targeted resequencing. CUGBF offers services to support the use of the NextSeq 550 from experimental design through bioinformatic deliverables. In addition to offering a full-service genomics lab and bioinformatics team, we pride ourselves in offering training to students to work alongside our staff members to learn genomic and bioinformatic techniques. Outside of the lab, we offer training and informational workshops to Clemson’s diverse scientific community.

Meet Our People

Dr. Christopher Parkinson, Ph.D.


Dr. Chris Parkinson has been with the Clemson University Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility since its start in the summer of 2018. In addition to his role as the director of the facility, he is also a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. His research interests lie in the study of evolutionary processes using venomous snakes, particularly pitvipers.
Dr. Parkinson’s Google Scholar page

Dr. Maslyn Greene, Ph.D.

Molecular Geneticist

Dr. Maslyn Greene joined the Clemson University Bioinformatics Facility in August of 2023. She earned a BS in Zoology from Mars Hill University in 2017, an MS in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University in 2019, and a Ph.D. in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University in 2023.
Dr. Greene’s Google Scholar page


Mr Ramses Alejandro Rosales García

Graduate Student Liaison

Mr. Rosales-Garcia started his position as the Graduate Student Liaison in the fall of 2022. He is currently doing a PhD in Biological Sciences at Clemson University, which began in the fall of 2020. His research focuses on the evolution of genetic diversity in pit vipers. He earned a B.S. in Biology from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes in 2015.

Dr. Rooksana Noorai, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Bioinformatics

Dr. Rooksie Noorai has been working in bioinformatics research at Clemson University since 2014 and has been with the Clemson University Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility since its inception. In 2023, she became the Asst. Director of Bioinformatics. She earned her BS in Biology in 2000 from Emory University, a MS in Computer Science in 2002 from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. in Genetics in 2014 from Clemson University.
Dr. Noorai’s Google Scholar page 

Dr. Maximiliano Ortiz, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics Research Associate

Dr. Max Ortiz joined the Clemson University Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility in December 2022. He earned his BS (Hons) in Genetics in 2010 from the National University of Misiones and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires in 2017.
Dr. Ortiz’s Google Scholar page

“The facility’s expertise has not only enhanced my research but has impacted the collaborative work we have on-going with a team composed of researchers across the US that is struggling to find solutions for infections caused by pathogenic free-living amoeba.”

— Dr. James Morris, Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center