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Clement Chow (credit: Bryan William Jones)

Clement Chow (credit: Bryan William Jones)

Clement Chow

Assistant Professor
Department of Human Genetics
University of Utah School of Medicine
Lab website
Personal Twitter:  @ClementYChow
Lab Twitter:  @ChowLab


Research program:

Our lab is focused on understanding the role of genetic variation on disease outcomes. We employ quantitative and functional tools in a variety of model organisms to study how genetic variation impacts basic cellular traits important to human health. Our work in model organisms will help to model and to inform studies of genetic variation observed in the human population. We hope to identify variation in the human population that can lead to more precise, personalized therapies.

We have two main projects in our lab: 1) The role genetic variation plays in basic cellular traits like the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response and 2) Identifying modifiers of Mendelian disease through the use of natural genetic variation.


We are now looking for talented and motivated graduate students and postdocs to join the lab. Our lab uniquely combines cell biology, functional genetics, genomics, and natural variation to address important questions relevant to human disease. We are interested in individuals with a variety of interests and skills. If you are interested in working with a new vibrant, expanding lab, please contact me. If you are interested in joining as a postdoc, please see our ad.


Role of GSA in your career:

The GSA has played an incredibly important role in my training by providing valuable trainee resources. The GSA’s role in organizing the fly meeting has always made it one of my favorite venues for sharing our science. Finally, as a DeLill Nasser Award recipient, I was able to attend the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting.


“One of the most exciting aspects of science is the prospect of finding or observing something that no one has ever seen.” – Clement Chow’s favorite part of his work


Previous training experiences:

  • Postdoc in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University with Andy Clark and Mariana Wolfner
  • Graduate school in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan
  • Undergrad at Cornell University with a BA in Biology



My teaching will be mostly focused on graduate and medical education.


Interests Outside of Work:

When not working, I enjoy exploring the beautiful mountains surrounding Salt Lake City. I also love to cook. And…taking care of my two crazy kids.