Stephen Kresovich joined Clemson University in July 2013 as the Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Chair of Genetics in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry. In addition, Kresovich previously served (from 2013-2018) as director of the Clemson Institute of Translational Genomics and the Advanced Plant Technology Program. Both initiatives are charged to integrate advances in genetics and genomics to solve problems in agriculture, the environment, and human health.
Kresovich’s research focuses on conservation genetics and improvement of crop plants including C4 grains and grasses including sorghum, maize, and sugar cane. Kresovich has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and also has developed a number of commercially released inbred and hybrids of sorghum and sugar cane. Kresovich is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Crop Science Society of America.
Having previously worked in the U.S. National Genetic Resources Program, Kresovich currently maintains connections through serving as a member of the advisory committee of the Southern Regional Plant Introduction Station at Griffin and also the national Sorghum Crop Germplasm Committee. With his interest in crop conservation and use, he also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation and the Greenville, South Carolina food hub (‘Feed and Seed’).