Doctor Andrew G. Clark

Andrew G. Clark

Professor Andrew G. Clark from Cornell University has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Aarhus University for his impressive research work on population genetics and genomics over the last 40 years.

Since he was a postdoc student here in the early 1980s, Andrew Clark has maintained ties with Aarhus University. His work within population genetics and genomics is very relevant to the research at the Bioinformatics Research Center (BiRC) at Aarhus University. Since its establishment in 2001, BiRC has worked with him in various important areas – including PhD students who have visited him at Cornell University during their studies.

With the innovative approach he has taken throughout his career, the new honorary doctor has achieved and retained a leading position within his field of research. He has worked in many prestigious scientific organisations, and is a member of the National Academy of Science in the USA.

He has published over 400 articles, mainly in major journals, has been cited over 48,000 times and has an H-index of 87.


Curriculum Vitae (highlights)


1976 B.S. Biology and Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Dr. Michael Clegg, honor’s thesis advisor.

1980 Ph.D. Population Genetics, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.

Dr. Marcus Feldman, thesis advisor.

Professional experience:

1979 - 1980 Instructor, Stanford Univ., Department of Biological Sciences.

1980 - 1981 Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Zoology, Arizona State University,

Tempe, AZ (with Dr. Winifred Doane).

1982 - 1983 Visiting researcher, Institute of Ecology and Genetics, University of Aarhus,

Aarhus, Denmark (with Dr. Freddy Christiansen).

1983 - 1987 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Pennsylvania State University.

1987 - 1992 Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, Pennsylvania State University.

1992 - 2002 Professor, Dept. of Biology, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

2002 - 2006 Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2007 - Present Jacob Gould Schurman Professor, Mol. Biology & Genetics, Cornell University.


National Institutes of Health Predoctoral traineeship

NATO and Marshall Postdoctoral Fellowships

NIH Research Career Development Award, 1987-1992

Associate editor, Genetics, 1989-present

NIH Study Section, ad hoc member

NIH Human Genome Study Section, ad hoc member, 1997, 1998

Sloan Foundation Sabbatical Award, Jan. - Aug. 1992

National Science Foundation Population Biology Panel, 1992-1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, President (and president-elect), 1999-2002

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Scientific Advisory Board member, 2000-2005

National Human Genetics Research Institute, Advisory Council member, 2006-2009

Jacob Gould Schurman Endowed Professorship, May 2007

Meinig Family Professorship, May 2008

Honorary Doctorate awarded by Oulu University, May 2009

National Academy of Sciences, Elected member, May 2012

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Elected fellow, April 2016