Biology Articles & Blogs

Amy Yeager talks in front of her artwork of internal organs from a cat dissection
May 31, 2017
After living in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Romania and Senegal, where she attended small international schools, Amy Yeager ’17 thought Clark University might be a good fit. “Clark was small with a significant international community, so I thought the transition wouldn't be so difficult,” she says. “When I got my acceptance...
Students looking at art exhibit in introduction to biology course
April 19, 2017
Not everyone learns by reading text or even experimenting. In fact, an oft-quoted statistic notes that a majority of us — 65 percent — are visual learners. Detail of students' depictions of cellular life. For more photos, visit Clark's Flickr account online. To learn about the diversity of life, students in a Clark...
Amiel Jaggernauth shows a test tube to his professor Neva Meyer in her lab
February 14, 2017
After graduating from high school in Fishers, Indiana, Amiel Jaggernauth ’18 headed to a large state university in New England to study neuroscience. The first day of class, he learned that a lead professor in the program was leaving — and taking his funding with him. Jaggernauth was disappointed, but instead of wallowing...
Professor Donald E. Spratt, Ph.D. with students
January 20, 2017
On the first floor of Clark’s Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center, behind a locked door in a darkened room, sits a $2 million scientific instrument that chemists routinely use to analyze the purity and chemical structure of molecules. It’s a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer – a giant magnet enclosed in a 10-foot...
Yaya Wang, left, works with Professor Donald Spratt, right, at a bench in his lab
January 17, 2017
A doctoral candidate in biochemistry and molecular biology, Yaya Wang spends hours each day conducting research experiments at Clark University. She’s a steady, calm presence in a laboratory bustling with undergraduate students, working alongside Donald Spratt, Carl J. and Anna Carlson Endowed Chair and assistant professor...
Dr. Fred Kron ’75
December 22, 2016
It’s a scene that could play out at any hospital, any day: A young doctor nervously struggles to give a patient bad news. A doctor uses the MPathic-VR system to practice giving bad news to a patient. "Robin, you have leukemia,” he informs the johnny-clad woman. She sputters her disbelief, but his response is not comforting...
Clark University senior Courtney Pharr in an on-campus lab
December 12, 2016
Courtney Pharr ’17 is no stranger to acing a test or a serve, and this week she was honored for her ability to do both with remarkable consistency. Pharr was named an Academic All-American and selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Volleyball third team. It’s just the fourth time in Clark...
Alumnus Christopher Palatucci talks to three students
November 22, 2016
“This has the potential to be big — really big.” So announced John Baker, professor of biology, as he helped kick off the Nov. 3 event for ClarkCONNECT, the new Clark University initiative that matches students with alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career mentorship and professional networking. Patrick...
Navid Hossain points to a computer screen while Professor Dresch looks over his shoulder
November 10, 2016
As a high school student in Milton, Massachusetts, Luke Nourie took a class in biotechnology and thought, “Wow, I love this. This is what I want to do.” He could see himself pu­rsuing a college degree tied to the field, which drives the booming economy of the Bay State and provides over 63,000 jobs. From left, Navid Al...
Rachel Orlomoski standing in the chemistry laboratory at Clark University
November 10, 2016
When Rachel Orlomoski ’17 entered Clark University in 2013 with the goal of studying biology, she was a little dubious about chemistry and math. You could say those weren’t exactly her favorite subjects at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut. But after three years of studying and conducting research at Clark, Orlomoski has...
John Gibbons in his Clark University laboratory
October 13, 2016
As a biologist, Clark University’s John Gibbons deals with the big questions about DNA and the evolution of genomes. His research focuses on humans’ domestication of microbes such as koji, a 9,000-year-old mold used to produce soy sauce, sake, miso and other Asian delicacies. By studying alterations in the genes of such...
Undergraduate students at Clark University purify proteins in the laboratory of Donald Spratt
August 24, 2016
Clark University juniors Navid Al Hossain ’18 and Michael Gaiewski ’18 spent the summer delving into the mathematical modeling of gene expression, the process through which genetic information in DNA drives the synthesis of protein products. They worked in the laboratory of Jacqueline Dresch, an assistant professor in the...
Jonas Clark Hall and the red square in view
August 22, 2016
Clark University is pleased to welcome nine new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholars bring a wealth of knowledge to areas including biology, education, management and philosophy. Nathan Ahlgren Nathan Ahlgren Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology (starting Jan. 1, 2017) Assistant Professor,...
Shiitake mushrooms at left; David Hibbett, Clark University professor of biology, at right
June 23, 2016
David Hibbett Over the past decade, specialty mushrooms, especially shiitake, have won over Americans. Renowned food writer and Clark University alumnus Mark Bittman '71 hailed the increased availability of shiitake for American cooks. Meanwhile, a Boston chef-turned-wholesaler recalled that in the 1990s, “nobody knew...
Clownfish in coral reef
May 13, 2016
Faye Harwell ’15, MS’16, has some words of advice for Clark University’s three Marsh-Mosakowski National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows this summer: You never know how you’ll end up using the invaluable experience gained through a research project for NOAA. Take larval samples. Harwell encountered...
Threespine stickleback fish
April 7, 2016
As a recipient on an $8.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Clark University will be a major participant in the world’s largest coordinated, multi-national project on the study of evolution. The research could fundamentally shift our understanding of the evolutionary process. The University will receive $...
Rob Drewell
March 19, 2016
From left, Professors John Gibbons, Jackie Dresch and Rob Drewell. To hear John Gibbons talk about bioinformatics, you’d think this trend in the sciences is relatively straightforward. "Historically, if you used a computer to analyze biological data, it was considered bioinformatics," he says. But Gibbons, an assistant...
Joel Simonson Clark University Student
February 19, 2016
Joel Simonson ’15, wasn’t sold on Clark right away. He liked it, but didn’t love it, when he first visited as a high school student. But as he saw the opportunities unfolding — the offer of a Traina Scholarship, the chance to do meaningful research in biology, a shot at playing on the varsity tennis team — Simonson grew...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
October 9, 2015
Hannah Reich '15 explores a coral reef in Bermuda. No one would ever guess that Hannah Reich '15 was once nervous about scuba diving. How could you? As an undergrad, Reich spent four years on the Clark University swim team, and she grew up enjoying frequent visits to New England's shores. Reich's passion was sparked when...
Biologist David Hibbet
September 25, 2015
Whether bees or bacteria, hyenas or humans, all known life forms have a place in the first draft of the Open Tree of Life, published online last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Molds and mushrooms haven’t been left out either, thanks in part to the work of Clark professor and fungal...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
February 23, 2015
Amanita muscaria (Courtesy, Francis Martin) Clark University Professor David Hibbett, in collaboration with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), is working to understand the genetic basis of ;how plants and fungi grow and...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
August 26, 2014
Philip Bergmann Philip Bergmann, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Clark University, has been awarded a $153,155 grant from the National Science Foundation for his three-year project "Developmental and functional mechanisms of complex trait re-evolution: limb loss and gain in skink lizards."
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
June 23, 2014
White rot on birch (Photo: Sten Porse) Discoveries by a team of fungal researchers, led by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI and Clark University Professor of biology David S. Hibbett, were released today (June 23) in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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