Areas of Expertise:
stem cells | embryonic stem cells | reproductive biology
Amander Clark is professor and chair of the department of molecular, cell and developmental biology in the UCLA College. As a stem cell biologist, she specializes in pluripotency and the differentiation of germline cells, which give rise to eggs and sperm. She and her UCLA colleagues were among the first groups in the world to generate induced pluripotent stem cells from human skin cells.
Clark uses pluripotent stem cells to recreate germline cells in the laboratory in order to expand the understanding of human germline cell development. This approach is used to understand how genetic information stored in the germline is protected and preserved during the reproductive life cycle. Her work could lead to new methods that identify and treat infertility and shed light on how congenital abnormalities and germ cell tumors develop.
She is a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.