MacPherson, Rebecca

Clinical Molecular Specialist

MacPherson, Rebecca

Dr. MacPherson first worked at the Greenwood Genetic Center in 2017 as a summer intern in the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory. She graduated from Clemson University in 2018 and began a PhD in the Mackay-Anholt lab at the Clemson Center for Human Genetics in Greenwood, SC. During her PhD, Dr. MacPherson focused on identifying candidate genetic modifiers, variants that can change disease severity, for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and rare disorders of chromatin modification using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. After graduation, Dr. MacPherson taught at Clemson University for one semester and then re-joined the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in 2024 as a Clinical Molecular Specialist.

Dr. MacPherson is a member of the American Society for Human Genetics and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

Contact Information:

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  • B.S., Genetics, Clemson University, 2018
  • Ph.D., Genetics, Clemson University, 2023


  • MacPherson, R. A., Shankar, V., Anholt, R. R. H., Mackay, T. F. C. 2023. Genetic and Genomic Analyses of Drosophila melanogaster Models of Chromatin Modification Disorders. Genetics. 224, 4.
  • MacPherson, R. A., Shankar, V., Sunkara, L. T., Hannah, R. C., Campbell, M. R., Anholt, R. R. H., Mackay, T. F. C. 2022. Pleiotropic fitness effects of the lncRNA Uhg4 in Drosophila melanogaster. BMC Genomics. 23, 781.
  • Morozova, T. V.*, Shankar, V.*, MacPherson, R. A., Mackay, T. F. C., Anholt, R. R. H. 2022. Modulation of the Drosophila Transcriptome by Developmental Exposure to Alcohol. BMC Genomics 23, 347.
  • Mokashi, S. S.*, Shankar, V.*, MacPherson, R. A., Hannah, R. C., Mackay, T. F. C., Anholt, R. R. H. 2021. Developmental Alcohol Exposure in Drosophila: Effects on Adult Phenotypes and Gene Expression in the Brain. Frontiers in Psychiatry (12), doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.699033.
  • Sass, T. N.*, MacPherson, R. A.*, Mackay, T. F. C., Anholt, R. R. H. 2020. A High-Throughput Method for Measuring Alcohol Sedation Time of Individual Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Visual Experiments (158), e61108, doi:10.3791/61108

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