Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Ph.D. Candidate and Lecturer, Food Science Department, 2019 to present

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO

Education

Ph.D. Food Science, 2023 (Projected)

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO

Masters: Food Science, 2019

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO

B.A.: Classics and Linguistics, 2005

University of Colorado - Boulder, CO


Research Experience

PhD Research, 2019 to present

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Colorado State University

Endeavors to describe the effect of acidification on cocoa vicilin proteolysis and the generation of cocoa aroma precursors; will model the 3D structure of cocoa vicilin and its breakdown upon exposure to proteases.

Research Team Lead, Rare Cacao Discovery Project Literature Review, 2021

Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund

Led a team of researchers in a literature review funded by a grant to identify rare cacao germplasm. Read and reviewed hundreds of articles, adapted figures, and compiled information into a literature review.


Masters Research, 2017 to 2019

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Colorado State University

Elucidated the effect of temperature and time on volatile metabolite profile of dark chocolate in a melanger; utilized SPME-GC-MS to detect volatile metabolites and ANOVA, PCA and OPLS to model the relationship between variables.

Undergraduate Research, 2015 to 2017

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Colorado State University

Developed a HACCP plan for a local restaurant for the preparation and sale of dry-fermented salamis; all background research, documentation, and full compliance with relevant authorities.

Investigated the fermentative breakdown of hemp seed with various strains of Aspergillus oryzae in the form of koji-kin; attempted to break down hemp seed oil and embryo microbially in the effort to more efficiently extract the protein fraction.

Teaching and Lab Experience

Instructor, FTEC 430 Sensory Evaluation of Fermented Foods, 2021

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado

Developed curriculum and lab activities for a senior-level class. Led and organized complex labs that require weeks of advanced planning. Managed a teaching assistant.


Lab Manager, Food Processing Lab, 2019 to May 2021

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado

Lead analyst and manager of a student-run food processing lab dealing mostly with small and start-up food manufacturing businesses. Lab performs food safety and shelf-life testing and some minor quality tests. Position involves frequent liaison with health department authorities at state and county level; must have knowledge of FDA regulations. Developed SOPs for all lab procedures and templates for all relevant lab documents. Established training procedures and created well-sourced reference manual for incoming lab employees.


Instructor, FTEC 447 Food Chemistry, 2020

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado

Developed curriculum and led for a core curriculum senior-level class in food chemistry. Managed both face-to-face and remote lectures and activities.

Instructor, FTEC 210 Science of Fermented Foods, 2018 to 2019

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado

Department expert in food fermentation; developed curriculum and led lecture and lab activities for a popular and well-received class relating to the microbial and cultural aspects of food and non-alcoholic beverage fermentation. Managed lab budget and cared for specialized fermentation equipment.

Analyst, Food Processing Lab, 2018 to 2019

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado

Participated in water activity, pH, and shelf life testing, performed sensory evaluation of products; prepared fitness-of-sale and data reports for clients, used Genesis software to produce Nutrition Facts Panels.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2017 to present

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado

Organized course curricula, lectured during lab or recitation sections, scheduled and acted as liaison to guest speakers, prepared course materials, graded assignments and exams, tutored students, offered frequent guest lectures, managed the online classroom portal.


Guest Lectures, 2017 to present

"Safety and Cultural Relevance of Fermented Foods"

“How Chocolate is Made”

“Beer Basics” *

“Cheese: from Farm to Table”

“A Guided Chocolate Tasting (and the Science Behind It)”

“A Paired Chocolate Tasting: What Affects Flavor in Chocolate?”*Canceled due to COVID-19

Authored Publications

Clark C, Bettenhausen HM., Yao L, Heuberger AL, S. M., "The Effect of Time and Ambient Temperature during the Melanging Step on the Volatile Profile of Dark Chocolate." Sci. Rep. (2020). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-71822-0


Invited Talks

Clark, C. S. (2021). “Small-Batch Chocolate,” Lillian Fountain Smith Conference, Fort Collins, CO (Oral Presentation).

Clark, C. S. (2020). “Chocolate; a link between protein degradation and flavor,” Lillian Fountain Smith Conference, Fort Collins, CO (Oral Presentation). *

Clark, C. S. (2020). “Volatile profiles in melanging,” Craft Chocolate Experience, San Francisco, CA (Oral Presentation). *

Clark, C. S. (2019). “Cheese-making for Intermediate Level: Techniques and Troubleshooting,” Sustainable Living Expo, Broomfield, CO (Oral Presentation).

Clark, C. S. (2018). “Cheese-making for Beginners: What you Need to Know to Get Started,” Weld County Office of Extension, Greeley, CO (Oral Presentation).


*Cancelled due to COVID-19

Honors and Awards


Helen F. McHugh Graduate Award, 2019

Marian Adams Graduate Fellowship, 2019

Shrake Culler Scholarship, 2019

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2019

Margaret and Donald Boyd Fellowship, 2018

Bronze Medal, College US Open Beer Championship, 2018

Marian Adams Fellowship, 2018

University Graduate Fellowship Award, 2018

Professional and Academic Service

Leader and Organizer of the Graduate Student Book Club, 2021

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Colorado State University


Secretary to Biotechnology Division, 2020

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Student Representative to Graduate Committee, 2019-2021

Food Science Department, Colorado State University

Student Representative to Biotechnology Division, 2019

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Mentor and Trainer, Student Mentorship Committee, 2018 to present

Food Science Department, Colorado State University

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Food Technologists

American Society of Brewing Chemists

Professional References

Charlene Van Buiten, Ph.D., Professor and Principal Investigator

charlene.vanbuiten@colostate.edu

Martha Stone, Ph.D., Professor and Committee Member

martha.stone@colostate.edu

Michael Pagliassotti, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head

michael.pagliassotti@colostate.edu



Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D., Professor

jeffrey.miller@colostate.edu

Sheila Beckley, MS

sheila.beckley@frontrange.edu