Amanda Fisher leads the Lymphocyte Development Group with her partner Matthias Merkenschlager, and is director of the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College London. She graduated from the University of Birmingham and did her postdoc studies with Robert Gallo at the National Institutes of Health, USA. She was among the first to isolate and characterise biologically active molecular clones of HIV, allowing the functional properties of HIV genes to be dissected and enabling the development of current-day PCR based diagnostic tests. Amanda moved back to Europe in 1987 and in 1993 joined the newly formed Clinical Sciences Centre to study fundamental aspects of cell commitment, gene regulation and nuclear organization. In 2002 she was awarded the EMBO gold medal for this work, and since then her team have pioneered epigenetic studies that examine pluripotency, cell differentiation and reprogramming.
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