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Sarah Clark


BS, University of North Carolina Charlotte, 2005
PhD, Georgia State University, 2018


Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience


Dr. Sarah Clark completed her undergraduate studies in Community Psychology with honors at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where she worked with Dr. James Cook to investigate differences in neighbor attitudes towards group homes vs. single-family homes.  She then worked in an acute inpatient psychiatric facility for several years before deciding to go to graduate school. She attended George Mason University in pursuit of a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience, first investigating the effects of antipsychotic drugs on receptor trafficking then working with Dr. Daniel Cox to study transcriptional control of dendritic diversification using Drosophila sensory neurons as a model system.  When Dr. Cox moved to Georgia State in 2014 she moved as well and completed her PhD at Georgia State in 2018.

Her research currently focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal development and diversification. She teaches Medical Neuroanatomy, Developmental Neurobiology, and a new Neurogenetics CURE (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience). She is also an instructor for The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience’s summer Neuroscience School program. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Clark works with Georgia State’s Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA) to support Georgia State students in their progress to and through graduate and professional degree programs.


Clark SG, Graybeal LL, Bhattacharjee S, Thomas C, Bhattacharya S, Cox DN (2018) Basal autophagy is required for promoting dendritic terminal branching in Drosophila sensory neurons. PLoS One; 13(11):e0206743.

Das R, Bhattacharjee S, Patel AA, Harris JM, Bhattacharya S, Letcher JM, Clark SG, Nanda S, Iyer EPR, Ascoli GA, Cox DN (2017) Dendritic cytoskeletal architecture is modulated by combinatorial transcriptional regulation in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics; 207(4):1401-21.

Nordman JC, Phillips WS, Kodama N, Clark SG, Del Negro C, Kabbani N (2014) Axon targeting of the alpha 7 nicotinic receptor in developing hippocampal neurons by Gprin1 regulates growth. Journal of Neurochemistry; 129(4):649-62.

Nordman JC, Muldoon P, Clark S, Damaj MI, Kabbani N (2014) The alpha 4 nicotinic receptor promotes CD4+ T-cell proliferation and a helper T-cell immune response. Molecular Pharmacology; 85(1):50-61.