Jennifer P. Clarke

Years Participated: 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Professional Title: 
Associate Professor, Director

Dr. Jennifer Clarke is a Professor of Statistics, and Food Science and Technology, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served as a NISS postdoc from 2000 to 2001, where she performed analyses of protein assay, chemoinformatic data, and the application of Bayesian model verification techniques for a project with GlaxoSmithKline.

Prior to working with NISS, Clarke obtained a B.A. in mathematics and a B.A. in psychology from Skidmore College in 1993, and her M.S. in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. In 2000, she earned her Ph.D. in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to her current professorship, Clarke has worked as an associate professor for the University of Miami and a research assistant professor at Duke, where she received a National Institutes of Health K25 training award from the National Cancer Institute for her focus on statistical methodology for high-dimensional genomic data.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Clarke is currently spearheading an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program on complex biosystems. In addition, she is developing novel statistical approaches to metagenomics data, with a focus on bacterial identification and community description. She is working with the University to maintain and enhance an advanced plant phenotyping facility that encourages cross-disciplinary research among plant breeding, genetics, metabolic engineering, physiology, stress biology, and statistical and computational modeling. She is also leading an effort by the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a national cyberinfrastructure framework for agricultural data on behalf of the producer community (