of Clemson University's astounding students.
Recent Clemson graduate Jose Guevara refused to allow a loss of vision to impede his dream of becoming a scientist. Through hard work and perseverance in his last semester of graduate school, Guevara received the first Susan R. Patterson Professional Development Award in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics from the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) for his work in the field. Much of Guevara’s doctoral work in genetics and biochemistry focused on developing bioinformatic and computational methods to study intellectual disabilities at the genetic level. The study was completed, in part, after he lost his sight in 2014.Guevara used funds from the award to travel to Las Vegas last summer for the BIOCOMP’17 Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, where he presented research he conducted with Schwartz and Wang. Although his visual impairment was an added challenge, Guevara graduated in December with a Ph.D. in genetics that he will use to fulfill his lifelong dream. “When I was being interviewed to join Clemson, they asked me what I wanted to do with my degree, and I said, ‘academia.’ That has been, and will always be, my dream – to be a professor,”
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