CLEMSON — Clemson University has named Robert Cohen, Ph.D., to chair the biological sciences department in the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences, effective July 1. He is currently professor in the molecular biosciences department at the University of Kansas.

“Robert Cohen is an excellent educator and scientist, with a strong commitment to public service. He is dedicated to student success and to the professional development of faculty and staff. I am confident that he will provide strong leadership for the department of biological sciences,” said Tom Scott, dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences.

Cohen received a B.A. in biology from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Southern California. His postdoctoral fellowship was in molecular biology at Harvard University prior to faculty appointments at Columbia University in New York and the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Cohen’s research has focused on the interface of molecular, cell and developmental biology. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have funded his research.

Biological sciences has one of the largest undergraduate enrollments at Clemson.

“I am very excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to work with such a diverse and talented group of students, faculty and staff,” said Cohen. “I hope to be able to build on the great job the former chair has done to make the Clemson biological sciences department one of the strongest departments in the country.”


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