Doug Clark of the Physical Biosciences Division has been named the dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry. Clark is a pioneering researcher in the field of biochemical engineering, with particular emphasis on enzyme technology, biomaterials, extremophiles and all areas of biofuels research. Clark will begin his new responsibilities, pending formal approval of his appointment from the UC Regents, on July 1. He will succeed Richard Mathies — also with the Physical Biosciences Division — who has served as dean for five years.
Says Clark, “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead the College of Chemistry, with its rich tradition of path-breaking research and teaching. I look forward to building on the great work of outgoing dean Rich Mathies, who has led the college during a difficult time and who is now handing over the keys to a smoothly running machine. With the support of my colleagues, staff members and students, and our many alumni and friends, I plan to continue to steer the college forward into the future.”