Dr. Susan Fisher is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She is jointly appointed in the Department of Anatomy. Dr. Fisher is the Director of the UCSF Human Embryonic Stem Cell Program and the Faculty Director of the Sandler-Moore Mass Spectrometry Facility, which is a campus-wide technology core. Dr. Fisher obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. The ongoing research projects in her lab include exploring the basic mechanisms involved in human placental development; devising new methods for deriving, propagating and studying human embryonic stem cell lines; and applying mass spectrometry-based approaches to compile protein catalogues with a particular focus on biomarker discovery. She has served on many NIH and National Academy of Sciences panels. Most recently she chaired the NIH Reproductive Biology Study Section and was the principal organizer of the first Keystone Conference on Reproduction. She received the UCSF Outstanding Teacher award and the UCSF Graduate Association Outstanding Mentor Award. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.