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Department of Genetics



Following a BA in Biological Sciences (2008-2011, University of Oxford) and an MSc in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology (2011-2012, Imperial College London), I did my PhD over the road in the Zoology Department in Michael Akam’s lab (2012-2016, University of Cambridge). I have been a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College since 2017, and recently spent two years in Angela DePace’s lab (2019-2021, Harvard Medical School) on an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship. Most of my research has been on various aspects of anteroposterior patterning in the Drosophila blastoderm; I also have strong interests in arthropod evo-devo and vertebrate somitogenesis.

Research Interests

- Anteroposterior patterning in Drosophila, other arthropods, and other bilaterians
- Gene regulation and gene regulatory networks
- Developmental patterning systems and their evolution
- Concepts, models, and theories in developmental biology


Key publications: 


2021    Clark E. Time and space in segmentation. Interface Focus 11: 20200049.

2019    Clark E, Peel AD and Akam M. Arthropod segmentation. Development 146 dev170480.

2018    Clark E and Peel AD. Evidence for the temporal regulation of insect segmentation by a conserved sequence of transcription factors. Development 145 dev.155580.

2017    Clark E. Dynamic patterning by the Drosophila pair-rule network reconciles long-germ and short-germ segmentation. PLoS Biology 15 e2002439.

2016    Clark E and Akam M. Odd-paired controls frequency doubling in Drosophila segmentation by altering the pair-rule gene regulatory network. eLife. 10.7554/eLife.18215

Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College
Areas of Interest: 
Developmental patterning systems and their evolution
Email address: 
Department of Genetics
Downing Street