Douglas S. Clark has been reappointed as dean of the College of Chemistry for a second five-year term, according to Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) of UC Berkeley, Paul Alivisatos.
Since Clark began serving as dean in July 2013, he has skillfully addressed the College of Chemistry’s top priorities including overseeing the hiring of ten faculty and the retention of six others in the face of fierce competition. Under his leadership, the College has successfully met some of its most pressing infrastructure needs. He is also currently working in collaboration with the deans of the Colleges of Natural Resources and Engineering to plan and raise funds for a new joint research building — the Berkeley Science & Engineering Hub. Noted EVCP Alivisatos, “Beyond (his) achievements, I would like to commend Doug on his inclusive, approachable, and respectful leadership style, which has encouraged successful partnerships within the College of Chemistry and ultimately enabled the College to maintain and improve its top-ranked programs.”
Clark also continues to oversee his research lab. Current projects and collaborations include enzyme engineering for new reactions and improved synthesis, the use of metabolic biochips for high-throughput catalysis and bioactivity screening, protein design and assembly for advanced biomaterials, and biological engineering for support of a mission to Mars.