Katie Clark

Assistant Professor, Biology



UC Box: A121

Office: Strain 305


PhD in Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI in 2010.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA in 2002.


KA Clark, D Cheam*, J Seng*, K Gaffner* and DR Denver (in preparation) A targeted genetics approach in Caenorhabditis elegans reveals the role of mitochondrial single-stranded binding protein (mtss-1) in the formation of large mitochondrial DNA deletion mutations.


KA Clark, DK Howe, K Gafner*, D Kusuma*, S Ping*, S Estes and DR Denver (2012) Selfish Little Circles: transmission bias and evolution of large deletion-bearing mitochondrial DNA in Caenorhabditis briggsae nematodes. PLoS One. 7:e41433.

Featured in popular science news article at Science Daily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120810112917.htm)


DR Denver, MJ Raboin, and KA Clark. (2011) Review: Evolution of Reproductive Mode Transitions in Nematodes: insights from molecular phylogenies and newly discovered species. Mol Phylogenet and Evol 61:584-92.


S Su, KA Clark, NM Gibbs*, SM Bush, and PJ Krysan. (2011) Ice-Cap: A Method for Growing Arabidopsis and Tomato Plants in 96-well Plates for High-Throughput Genotyping. http://www.jove.com/details.php?id=3280 doi: 10.3791/3280. J Vis Exp. Not Set.


KA Clark and PJ Krysan. (2010) Chromosomal Translocations are a Common Phenomenon in Arabidopsis thaliana T-DNA Insertion Lines. Plant Journal, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2010.04386.x .  Selected by Faculty of 1000 (http://f1000.com/7885956)


KA Clark and PJ Krysan. (2007) Protocol: An improved high-throughput method for generating tissue samples in 96-well format for plant genotyping (Ice-Cap 2.0). Plant Methods. 12:3-8.


WR Robertson, K Clark, JC Young and MR Sussman. (2004) An Arabidopsis thaliana Plasma Membrane Proton Pump Is Essential for Pollen Development. Genetics. 168: 1677-87.


*Undergraduate co-author


Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.

Bio 204 General Biology II

Bio 385 Junior Seminar

Bio 490 Capstone Experience

Bio 495 Independent Biology Research