Genetic knowledge is advancing at a rapid pace. The research faculty of the Greenwood Genetic Center‘s JC Self Research Institute of Human Genetics is proud to be at the forefront of genetic discovery and breakthroughs. Our researchers collaborate with our clinicians and laboratory faculty to achieve significant advances in identifying causative genes and mutations, as well as understanding the mechanisms, causes and preventions of intellectual disabilities and birth defects.
Research Focus: X-Linked Intellectual Disabilities
The primary research focus at GGC is the area of X-linked intellectual disabilities. Our scientists are known and respected worldwide as experts in this field. Other current areas of research interest include:
Birth Defects Prevention
Our research division is home to the South Carolina Birth Defects Prevention Program, which is successfully leading the effort to reduce the incidence of birth defects, such as neural tube defects, within South Carolina. We also provide fetal autopsy examinations through the Center for Anatomic Studies to assist physicians and families in understanding the causes of birth defects and genetic anomalies.
Understanding Birth Defects and Intellectual Disabilities
The JC Self Research Institute, a division of Greenwood Genetic Center, is a state and national resource where scientists seek a greater understanding of the causes, treatment, and prevention of birth defects and intellectual disabilities. Whether mapping part of the vast unknown areas of the human genome, studying the effects of a single gene gone awry, or putting into practice a strategy for families to avoid hereditary disease, scientists at the Institute work to bring the next generation closer to the goal of having all babies born healthy and free of physical and intellectual disabilities.
Research Sample Form
Please submit a completed Research Sample Form with all molecular research samples.
Research Directors and Staff
- Luigi Boccuto, MD
- Chin-Fu Chen, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
- Cindy Skinner, RN
Research Sample Coordinator
- LJ Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor (Clemson University)
- Sara Sarasua, PhD
- Shenghua Fan, PhD
- Jane Dean, RN
SC Birth Defects Prevention Program Coordinator
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