Alumni (Fellow)

Charlie Clark

Jefferson Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Fellow
Roanoke, Virginia
B.S. College of William & Mary (2014)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2019)
College of Arts & Sciences


Charlie Clark is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry studying under Professor James Landers, whose lab is dedicated to addressing clinical and forensic needs through microfluidics and bioanalytical chemistry. Charlie’s primary research involves acoustic separation of sperm cells from sexual assault samples, with the goal of expediting the DNA profiling process for human identification. This work has resulted in field-testing of prototype instrumentation, and Charlie continues to address challenges regarding sample composition and feedback monitoring of the acoustic trapping process. Charlie’s research has received support from the National Institute of Justice, as well as multiple government-run forensic biology labs, and has the potential to significantly reduce the current backlog of sexual assault samples that await DNA testing. Charlie received his B.S. in chemistry with a minor in biochemistry from the College of William and Mary in 2014. While at U.Va., Charlie has been awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, the Dr. Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship for Teaching, and won first place in the 2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition. In the larger scientific community, Charlie has been recognized with the Eric Buel Memorial Award from the Gordon Research Conference, as well as the SCIEX Young Scientist Award for his excellent contributions to Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis. Charlie will be leaving UVA for a postdoctoral research position after defending his thesis this summer, and he hopes to pursue a teaching career in higher education.

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