Clarissa Dirks


Clarissa Dirks aims to understand the evolutionary principles that underlie the emergence, spread, and containment of infectious disease by studying the coevolution of retroviruses and their primate hosts. Her teaching and research interests include biology, microbiology, virology, and the integration of art and science. She works with colleagues around the nation to examine and improve methods for teaching science, and received a major National Science Foundation grant to develop a science process and reasoning skills test. 

B.S., Microbiology, Arizona State University, 1994; Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Washington, 2001.

Expertise biology, virology, molecular biology


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