Nathan Clark

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor


Office: (412) 648-7785
BST3 3080
3501 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

We study the processes of evolutionary adaptation and co-evolution at the molecular level. Many projects in the lab focus on how organisms adapt to new environments through changes in protein-coding genes and regulatory elements. These studies utilize novel computational techniques created in the lab. In turn, the same techniques often reveal the unforeseen functions of genetic elements throughout the genome. Another major project in the lab follows the co-evolution of male and female reproductive proteins in butterflies. Using phylogenetics, proteomics and molecular evolution, this project illustrates how conflictive and cooperative forces shaped the dynamic interaction between males and females. Lab website: