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Dave Clements


Dave Clements

I work for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and since September 2007 I run the GMOD Help Desk. I telecommute from the Phillips Lab in the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (CEEB) at the University of Oregon. See the GMOD Help Desk page for an explanation of what I do for the GMOD project.

After 3 years with GMOD, I'll be moving to the Galaxy project on January 1, 2011, where I'll be doing similar work. I will continue to be a part of the GMOD community, but I won't be GMOD project staff. I will continue to be involved in planning for GMOD Americas 2011.

Contact Details

E-mail - Help Desk mail. This is a list that includes Scott Cain and others. - Dave only.
Phone 1 541 914 6324 (9-5 Pacific time)


My background is in computer science. I have been working in biological databases since 2000.

Prior to working for NESCent on GMOD I worked as the database manager at the European Renal Genome project (EuReGene), as a member of the Edinburgh Mouse Atlas Project (EMAP). This project studied kidney development and disease. My work focused on gene expression patterns, and anatomy ontologies.

Prior to EuReGene I worked for ZFIN, the zebrafish model organism database at the University of Oregon for 5 years as a database administrator and software engineer.

My pre-bioinformatics career included


  • A high-resolution anatomical ontology of the developing murine genitourinary tract; in Gene Expression Patterns, 7(6), pp. 680-699 (June 2007). Melissa H. Little, Jane Brennan, Kylie Georgas, Jamie A. Davies, Duncan R. Davidson, Richard A. Baldock, Annemiek Beverdam, John F. Bertram, Blanche Capel, Han Sheng Chiu, Dave Clements, Luise Cullen-McEwen, Jean Fleming, Thierry Gilbert, Doris Herzlinger, Derek Houghton, Matt H. Kaufman, Elena Kleymenova, Peter A. Koopman, Alfor G. Lewis, Andrew P. McMahon, Cathy L. Mendelsohn, Eleanor K. Mitchell, Bree A. Rumballe, Derina E. Sweeney, M. Todd Valerius, Gen Yamada, Yiya Yang and Jing Yu

Presentations, Tutorials, Workshops, Demos and Posters

  • Gene Expression Databases: Where and When, presentation given at NESCent in April 2007. Describes common issues with gene expression databases focusing on anatomy ontology issues. Uses 4 websites to demonstrate different ways to deal with these issues.