Douglas Clark


(510) 642-2408
201 Lewis Hall
Dean, College of Chemistry; Gilbert Newton Lewis Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • B.S., University of Vermont (1979)
  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1983)
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award (1986)
  • Most Appreciated Faculty Member, AIChE Student Chapter, University of California, Berkeley (1995)
  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineers (1995)
  • Amgen Award in Biochemical Engineering (2003)
  • International Enzyme Engineering Award (2003)
  • Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2003)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003)
  • NorCal Chemical Engineering Excellence Award — Industrial Research (2004)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Teaching Award (2006)
  • Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology, American Chemical Society (2006)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Biotechnology and Bioengineering (1996-present)
  • James E. Bailey Award (2014)
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (2019)
  • D.I.C. Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering (2019)

Biochemical engineering and biocatalysis

Professor Clark's research is in the field of biochemical engineering, with particular emphasis on enzyme technology, biomaterials, and bioenergy. Current projects include structure-function relationships and biosynthetic applications of artificial metalloenzymes (with John Hartwig), mechanistic studies of adaptation to harsh environments by extremophilic microorganisms, protein design and assembly for the development of advanced biomaterials, and metabolic and bioreaction engineering for conversion of CO2 to fuels and chemicals.