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 interim 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. Rooksana Noorai, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics Research Associate

Dr. Rooksie Noorai has been working as a bioinformatics research associate at Clemson university since 2014 and has been with the Clemson University Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility since its inception. 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

Kaitlyn Williams, M.S.

Laboratory Research Specialist

Ms. Kaitlyn Williams has been working as a Laboratory Specialist at Clemson University since February 2021. She has earned her BS in Biochemistry with a concentration in Molecular Biology in 2018 from West Virginia University, and a MS in Biotechnology with a concentration in Regenerative and Stem Cell Technologies from Johns Hopkins University in 2020.

Dr. Stevin Wilson, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics Research Associate

Dr. Stevin Wilson has been a Bioinformatics Research Associate at the Clemson University Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility since July 2020. He received a B.Tech in Biotechnology in 2014 from the National Institute of Technology (Calicut, India) and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics in 2019 from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Wilson’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