About the Lab

The Drewell laboratory is in the Biology Department at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. We are located in Room 325 in the Lasry Center for Bioscience on the Clark campus. Our lab applies experimental molecular genomic, epigenetic and computational approaches to investigate the regulation of gene expression during embryonic development. Much of our work is focused on using insect model species, including the fruit fly and honey bee. This website contains descriptions of our research projects, links to our publications and an introduction to the lab members.

Recent News

Read about our research on gene regulation: Decoding the language of the genome

Read about our interdisciplinary undergraduate projects: Using the power of math and chemistry to understand biology

Prof. Drewell and Dresch spending Fall 2017 as the inaugural Sabbatical Professors at the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder: BFI Sabbatical Professors

Read about the Computational Biology program at Clark University: Supercomputers power a biology revolution at Clark


Contact info

Robert Drewell                 Professor of Biology             Warren Litsky Endowed Chair in Biology

Biology Department
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program
Clark University
950 Main Street             Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: rdrewell@clarku.edu
Phone: (508)793-7625

Recent Publications

Transcription factor expression landscape in Drosophila embryonic cell lines.

R. A. Drewell, D. Klonaros and J. M. Dresch. 2024. BMC Genomics 25: 307

Investigating the sequence landscape in the Drosophila initiator core promoter element using an enhanced MARZ algorithm.

J. M. Dresch, R. D. Conrad, D. Klonaros and R. A. Drewell. 2023. PeerJ 11: e15597

The Dictyostelium discoideum genome lacks significant DNA methylation and uncovers palindromic sequences as a source of false positives in bisulfite sequencing.

R. A. Drewell, T. C. Cormier, J. L. Steenwyk, J. St. Denis, J. F. Tabima, J. M. Dresch and D. A. Larochelle. 2023. NAR Genomics and Bioinformatics  5: lqad035

Transcriptome profile in Drosophila Kc and S2 embryonic cell lines.

D. Klonaros, J. M. Dresch and R. A. Drewell. 2023. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 13: jkad054