Professor of Biology
Department: Department of
Mathematics & Science
Dr. Clauson was raised in the suburbs of Chicago and
attended a small liberal arts college in Illinois. Upon completion
of her degree, she entered graduate school at Emory University
where she studied DNA damage and repair under the mentorship of Dr.
Paul Doetsch. After earning her Ph.D., Dr. Clauson did postdocs at
the University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center. The first, with
Drs. Laura Niedernhofer and Paul Robbins, examined the role of DNA
interstrand crosslinks and inflammation in driving aging in mice.
The second, with Dr. Kara Bernstein, looked at DNA double-strand
break repair in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Dr. Clauson
joined the faculty at Saint Leo University in the Fall of 2013.
Teaching & Professional
Dr. Clauson is interested in studying DNA damage and
repair and its role in cancer and aging. She has teamed up with the
researchers at CREST - Connecting Researchers, Educators and
Students to use computer modeling to examine the structure of key
DNA repair enzymes. Interesting finds can be translated to the wet
lab through the use of the model genetic system Saccharomyces
cerevisiae. These strains are available to students doing senior
seminar research. Also with CREST, Dr. Clauson is examining how a
flipped classroom format and the use of kinesthetic models affect
student outcomes in the STEM classroom.
Honors & Awards:
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