Mark Clement received his PhD in Computer Science from Oregon State University in 1994. His BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering are from Brigham Young University. Before pursuing the PhD degree, Mark worked for Digital Equipment Corporation on their workstation products as a principle engineer in WSL. He also was a founder for ICON, a startup company which produced disk servers and database machines.
His research areas include High Performance Computing and Bioinformatics. He is currently working with professors from Computer Science and Biology on DNA analysis algorithms and applications. His specific research area is Phylogenetic Analysis (determining evolutionary histories through the examination of DNA) which requires extensive network and computational resources. He has also been a Principle Investigator on the DOGMA system which allows clusters of workstations, supercomputers and idle desktop machines to participate in solving difficult computational problems. Current research into mapping algorithms for short reads has been applied to the problem of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease from DNA samples.