Vice Dean for Faculty, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Clements is a professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology, neurology and pathology, with a joint appointment in molecular biology and genetics. As vice dean for faculty since 1999, she serves as the voice of the faculty in the Dean’s Office.
The 24th woman to be promoted to professor in the School of Medicine, Dr. Clements has advocated and fostered the creation of opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in academia. Toward those goals, she has served as a member of the steering committee of the Johns Hopkins Women's Leadership Council, helped to create the new position of associate dean for diversity and cultural competence, and urged changes in the composition of search committees to be more inclusive of women and minorities. Serving as a guide for faculty members, she has led efforts to more clearly explain the criteria for promotion. She has also steered initiatives to improve the quality of teaching of residents and medical students at the school.
In her scientific work, Dr. Clements has extensively studied how viruses interact with cells to cause disease. Much of her research has concentrated on animal lentiviruses—which include HIV and simian immunodeficiency virus—and their role in chronic neurological disease. Dr. Clements was the first director of comparative medicine, a department that uses animal models to better understand disease. Since 1992, she has headed the Retrovirus Laboratory, an integrated research program on the pathogenesis of lentivirus infections.
Born on Long Island, New York, Dr. Clements received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. She arrived at Johns Hopkins in 1974 as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and joined the faculty of the Department of Neurology as an assistant professor in 1979. She was promoted to professor in 1990.