Betty's List ‘Science, If You Dare'
Columnist Hilary Clark, Ph.D.
Hilary Clark, Ph.D., is a scientist at Genentech, Inc., a leading biotechnology company in South San Francisco. She has a joint appointment in the bioinformatics and immunology departments in the research division, and does collaborative research to understand and develop therapies for autoimmune disease.
Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. in Genetics from U.C. Berkeley in 1993 and did post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School. She has been working in the field of bioinformatics since 1997, first at Genetics Institute in Cambridge, MA, and then at Genentech since 1999.
She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of Women in Science, (AWIS) and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). In 2003, Dr. Clark was appointed Adjunct Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University, where she is an occasional guest lecturer. She has been invited to speak at various universities and conferences.
She holds a US patent for a number of human genes and has published on subjects including the genetics of a cellular adhesion protein in the fruit fly, the function of a DNA binding protein in mouse muscle cells, the cloning of human genes encoding proteins secreted by cells and the identification of genes specifically expressed by immune cells.
Her success in science is attributable in a large part to the mentoring she has sought during her education and career from her professors and other scientists. She has recently co-authored an article in .A Hand Up: Women Mentoring Women in Science. where she discusses the challenges women scientists face in their careers in .A Hand Up: Women Mentoring Women in Science..
Dr. Clark is a member of the Board of Directors of Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services. She has in the past been involved in other organizations, such as the San Francisco Women's Political Committee, the 2003 mayoral campaign of Susan Leal and the Out & Equal club at Genentech. In 1996, she received a Certificate of Recognition from GOAL, an organization of gay police officers in Boston, MA, for participation in the training of police cadets on the treatment of gay and lesbians.
Hilary Clark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org