Clarence obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Microbiology from University of Queensland. His Honours project on uropathogenic E. coli focused on using bioinformatic and molecular techniques to characterise genes found on pathogenicity islands in E. coli. He later joined the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) as a Research Assistant, where he worked on various projects investigating the interactions between the protist Tetrahymena pyriformis, and various bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio vulnificus. He also enjoys time out on the air rifle range as a hobby.
Clarence is interested in the integration of data as a concept, and as a microbiologist at heart, he is keen on utilising the integration of multi-omics data as a tool to predict the behaviour of individual bacteria in bacterial communities.