Science on Tap

The Greenwood Genetic Center is joining with other local educational institutions and business to bring science out of the laboratories and into the pub! Science on Tap is a program to share with our community some of the wonderful scientific work going on in our area. The public is invited for a 30-40 minute informal presentation by a local scientist followed by time for discussion and questions.

There is no charge to attend, you are only responsible for any food or drink you order. Contact Lindsey Rumfelt at GGC at (864) 388-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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2018 Schedule

January 9, 2018
Amie Thompson, RD, LD
Howard's on Main - 6pm

March 6, 2018
Patricia Findley
Capsugel, a Lonza Company
Location TBD

South Carolina Genetics Conclave

The SC Genetics Conclave was established in 1979 to increase the understanding of developing areas in genetics, to expand awareness by presenting interesting case studies, and to promote communication among the southeastern genetics community.  The GGC hosts the Conclave twice each year. Genetic counselors, MD and PhD geneticists, primary care physicians, medical residents, genetics laboratory technologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and other interested medical professionals are invited to attend.

Contact Leta Tribble, PhD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (864)943-4170 for more information.

Speaker's Bureau

GGC’s Division of Education is pleased to provide guest speakers to visit your classroom (middle or high school), civic or faith-based organization, museum, library or other adult gathering. A list of available topics is provided below, though we are happy to customize a presentation specifically to your group’s needs.

Contact Leta Tribble, PhD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (864) 943-4170 for more information or to schedule a presentation.

  • Introduction to the Greenwood Genetic Center
  • Introduction to Human Genetics 101
  • Preventable Birth Defects
  • Introduction to Medical Genetics
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Genetic Counseling and Other Careers in Genetics
  • Family History and Pedigree Construction
  • Genetic Testing: Diagnostic Techniques and Ethical Issues
  • Neural Tube Defects: The Folic Acid Story

Professional Development Workshops and Conferences

The GGC’s Division of Education is available to coordinate and conduct workshops at your school, district, or work location. Workshops and conferences are full day or half-day events, emphasizing genetic content and developed to the needs of your group.

Contact Leta Tribble, PhD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (864) 943-4170 for more information or to schedule a workshop or conference.

Mobile Science Lab - High Schools

The Gene Machine Mobile Science Laboratory allows the technology and expertise of the Greenwood Genetic Center to come directly to the classroom. With the support of a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute, GGC acquired the Gene Machine, a 41 foot custom coach equipped as a mobile science laboratory. The mobile laboratory allows students to engage in fun, entertaining and educational scenarios where they have the opportunity to learn about genetic traits and disorders, understand the lab techniques used in making a diagnosis as well as consider the ethical implications of testing. Teachers can select from multiple lab activities including basic lab skills and genetic modules. Each of the modules addresses STEM initiatives and South Carolina Science Standards.

The mobile science lab is available to visit high schools across South Carolina at no charge to the school.

The Mobile Science Lab includes:

  • Laboratory equipment including microcentrifuges, a thermocycler, gel electrophoresis apparatus, micropipettes, vortexes, water baths, magnetic heaters and electronic balances.
  • Workstations accommodating up to 24 students.
  • LCD monitors, a wireless microphone system and a camera system.
  • Safety equipment, air conditioning and an ADA-approved automatic wheelchair lift.

Study Participation

Eligible participants include individuals at all ages who have had complete MECP2 gene analysis and have the clinical diagnosis of classic or variant Rett syndrome, with or without mutations in the gene OR individuals without clinical Rett syndrome but with MECP2 mutations.

For more information, see the Rett syndrome study fact sheet or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , study coordinator.