Clayton David Carlson
Assistant Professor of Biology
on faculty since 2010
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2009
B.S., University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin, 2002
Professional and Personal Interests
“I want to inspire students to have a sense of wonder at the miracle of biology,” said Clay Carlson, revealing his own appreciation for biology and his passion as an instructor in the lab and classroom. “The way every life form on this planet and every cell in every organism exist is stunning, and I hope to supply my students with a thirst to learn more about how the mechanics of life work at every level.”
Carlson came to Trinity Christian College with more than 11 years of experience in the lab and classroom, including several research positions at the University of Wisconsin and various laboratory facilities. He is well equipped to mentor and to teach his students, and takes seriously his calling as a professor, always striving for excellence.
“The opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with students is among the most important, and most rewarding, aspects of teaching at a smaller college,” said Carlson. “Whether or not these students pursue a career in science, they should leave college prepared for the world today as they will find it. Since the decisions I help them make and the concepts I help them learn could play a significant role in their lives, I treat these interactions with the utmost respect.”
Carlson sees teaching as a calling and gift from God and recognizes the great responsibility attached to this profession.
- Biology 101 – Human Biology
- Biology 110 – Introduction to Biology
- Biology 204 – General Microbiology
- Biology 303 – Genetics
- Biology 316 – Advanced Molecular Biology
Professional Society Membership
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2002-Present
- American Chemical Society, 2005-2010
- Arnold E. and Catherine M. Denton Mentoring Award (2008)
- American Heart Association Greater Midwest Predoctoral Fellowship (2006-2008)
Publications and Presentations
Peterson-Kaufman, K.J., Carlson, C.D., Rodriguez-Martinez, J.A., Ansari, A.Z. “Nucleating the assembly of macromolecular complexes.” Chemiochem, 2010, September 24.
Carlson, C.D., Warren, C.L., Hauschild, K.E., Ozers, M.S., Qadir, N., Bhimsaria, D., Lee, Y., Cerrina, F., Ansari, A.Z. “Specificity landscapes of DNA binding molecules elucidate biological function.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2010, March 09.
Clayton D. Carlson, “Visualizing the full landscape of DNA binding specificity for the development of artificial transcription factors.” UW-River Falls Biotechnology
Seminar Series, Fall 2009. Invited Speaker.
Badis, G., Chan, E.T., van Bakel, H., Pena-Castillo, L., Tillo, D., Tsui, K., Carlson, C.D., Gossett, A.J., Hasinoff, M.J., Warren, C.L., Gebbia, M., Talukder, S., Yang, A., Mnaimneh, S., Terterov, D., Coburn, D., Li Yeo, A., Yeo, Z.X., Clarke, N.D., Lieb, J.D., Ansari, A.Z., Nislow, C., Hughes, T.R. “A library of yeast transcription factor motifs reveals a widespread function for Rsc3 in targeting nucleosome exclusion at promoters.” Molecular Cell. 2008, December 26.
Keles, S., Warren, C.L., Carlson, C.D., Ansari, A.Z. “CSI-Tree: A regression tree approach for modeling binding properties of DNA-binding molecules based on cognate site identification (CSI) data.” Nucleic Acids Res. 2008, April 13.
Hauschild, K.E., Carlson, C.D., Denato, L.J., Moretti, R., Ansari, A.Z. “Transcription Factors.” Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology. John Wiley and Sons. 2008.