Amander Clark PhD is an Australian born, American stem cell biologist. She is currently Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, and a key member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. Dr. Clark currently holds the elected position of Vice President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Dr. Clark is a recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a Research and Career Development Award from STOP Cancer, a Research Award from the Concern Foundation and a Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Dr. Clark is a member of the Hinxton Group, an International consortium of scientists, ethicists and policy makers responsible for generating position statements that affect policy for the use of pluripotent stem cell derived gametes and germline genome editing in human embryos.
Dr. Clark’s work in stem cell biology began in 2002 as a Postdoctoral fellow in laboratory of Dr. Renee Reijo Pera at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). There, she studied not only the basic biology of human embryonic stem cells but also the molecular mechanisms of human germ cell formation. During that time only a small number of laboratories worldwide were performing research with human embryonic stem cells due to the technical challenges with expanding and differentiating these cells, and the uncertain national and international policy climate for research in this area. Despite these challenges, Dr. Clark and Dr Reijo-Pera were the first to report that human germline cells could be differentiated from human embryonic stem cells. This landmark paper has been cited more than 650 times and was used as the basis for Dr. Clark’s research program at UCLA.
Dr. Clark joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 as an Assistant Professor, was awarded tenure in 2012, Associate Professor and Vice Chair in 2013, Professor and Vice Chair in 2014 and Chair of the Department in 2017. Results from the Clark Lab provide the basis for translational projects related to identifying new genes involved in human fertility, developing the technology of in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) and creating new stem cell-based models for contraceptive discovery. Dr Clark has authored more than 100 articles in her career and her work has earned more than 14,600 citations.
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