User:Lindsay V. Clark

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Lindsay V. Clark

Research and Personal Info

I am a postdoc studying the genetic diversity and population structure of Miscanthus, a perennial grass being developed as a bioenergy crop, under Dr. Erik Sacks at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

I recently finished my Ph.D. (September 2011) in the Genetics Graduate Group at UC Davis as a member of the Jasieniuk lab in the Department of Plant Sciences. My dissertation research was on the evolution of invasiveness in blackberry (Rubus), particularly relating to hybridization and asexual reproduction. I have also written some software in R for the analysis of polyploid data.

I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004, having majored in Genetics, Cell & Developmental Biology and minored in Chemistry. From June 2002 to June 2004 I did my undergraduate thesis research in Thomas Jack's lab, where I worked on developing knockout mutants for a gene family putatively involved in floral development in Arabidopsis.

From November 2004 - July 2006 I worked at the Grape Genetics Research Unit in Geneva, NY. Under the direction of Amanda Garris, I worked on gene cloning and QTL mapping towards an understanding of light detection and winter dormancy in grapevine.

Surrounded by my prickly nemesis.

Contact: email

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Curriculum Vitae



polysat: tools for polyploid microsatellite analysis


  • Plant Sciences Departmental Research Assistantship
  • Jastro-Shields Research Grant
  • Department of Plant Sciences Graduate Student Travel Award
  • California Weed Science Society Scholarship


  • "Polyploid data analysis, and how to gently transition from software user to software developer" for UC Davis Ecological Genetics grad course, February 28, 2011 PDF
  • “Hybridization of native and invasive blackberries in California” at UC Davis Weed Day, July 17, 2008


Teaching experience

  • Associate Instructor, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, Summer 2009
  • Guest lecturer, Ecological Genetics, UC Davis Ecology Graduate Group, Winter 2011
  • Teaching assistant, Principles of Genetics Laboratory, UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Winter 2010
  • Teaching assistant, Genes and Gene Expression, UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Fall 2009, Winter 2011
  • Teaching assistant, Human Heredity, UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Spring 2007, Spring 2009
  • Teaching assistant, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, Winter 2009
  • Undergraduate teaching assistant, Molecular Biology Lab, Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences, Summer 2003