Dr. Clarkson was born in Waupaca, a small town in central Wisconsin. Being the son of an army dentist, he ended up living in several states during his formative years (Alaska, Texas, Michigan & Washington) as well as in two locations in Germany (Pirmasens & Munich). Dr. Clarkson obtained his undergraduate training at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma WA where he graduated with a BS in Biology & Chemistry in 1977. One of the elective courses Dr. Clarkson took during his 2nd year in college was a one month course on marine biology in Hawaii where he worked with a team to refine HPLC techniques to purify a marine toxin (Ciguatera) responsible for causing major health problems in the South Pacific & Carribean. This project sparked an interest in pharmacology, and was the catalyst for causing him to enter graduate school in pharmacology at Northwestern University under the mentorship of Robert E TenEick, PhD. After receiving his PhD in 1982 he completed 3 years of postdoctoral training under Luc Hondeghem, MD, PhD at the University of California, San Francisco.
In 1985, Dr. Clarkson joined the faculty at Tulane as an assistant professor in pharmacology. Over the years he took on an increased responsibility for teaching including the role of course director for Medical Pharmacology in 1997. Following hurricane Katrina, he also took over the responsibility of director of graduate studies for the pharmacology department's doctoral and masters programs.
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