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Dr Erik Clark

Dr Erik Clark

Research Associate

Room 2.05 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 01223 (7)69012


I have a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an Msc in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology from Imperial College London. I moved to Cambridge in 2012 to join the Akam lab, and completed my PhD in 2016. In October 2017 I will take up a Junior Research Fellowship from Trinity College Cambridge.

Research Interests

I am interested in how regulatory interactions between genes lead to the patterning of embryos during development, and in how developmental patterning systems change over the course of evolutionary time. During my PhD I focused on developing a systems level understanding of the "pair-rule" system that establishes segmental organisation in the fruit fly, Drosophila, using a combination of dynamical systems modelling and developmental genetics.

Key Publications

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

Clark E (2017). Dynamic patterning by the Drosophila pair-rule network reconciles long-germ and short-germ segmentation. bioRxiv

Clark E and Peel AD (2017). Evidence for the temporal regulation of insect segmentation by a conserved set of developmental transcription factors. bioRxiv