Melissa Clarkson works at the intersection of informatics, design, and life sciences. The overarching goal of her work is to increase the understanding of data and knowledge generated within the life sciences. Her research has two areas of emphasis. The first addresses the gap between complex information and the people who need to understand it. This work in “human-information interaction” consists of understanding the information needs of researchers and clinicians, designing visualizations and interfaces, and evaluating the designs. Her second area of emphasis is the representation of information within systems. She studies how biomedical ontologies can be used to structure information and provide semantic consistency, as well as the role ontologies can play in making interfaces more useful and usable.
She also has interests in (a) teaching communication skills to scientists and engineers (including visual communication of data, poster design, presentation design), (b) reproducible research and responsible conduct of research, (c) safety and transparency in the healthcare system.
- PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics / Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education / University of Washington
- Master of Design in Communication Planning and Information Design / School of Design + Department of English / Carnegie Mellon University
- MA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology / Department of Molecular Biosciences / University of Kansas
- BS in Biochemistry, BS in Microbiology / Department of Biochemistry / Kansas State University
- MD Clarkson. 2016. Representation of anatomy in online atlases and databases: A survey and collection of patterns for interface design. BMC Developmental Biology, 16:18.
- MD Clarkson. Representation of parts within the Foundational Model of Anatomy ontology. ICBO 2016. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies. August 1–4, 2016. Corvallis, OR.
- KH Wang, CL Heike, MD Clarkson, JLV Mejino, JF Brinkley, RW Tse, CB Brigfeld, DA Fitzsimons, TC Cox. 2014. Evaluation and integration of disparate classification systems for clefts of the lip. Frontiers in Physiology 5: 163.