Professor of Medicine and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
Clifford J. Steer is a Professor of Medicine and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN. He is a member of the Stem Cell Institute, Masonic Cancer Center, Institute for Engineering in Medicine, and the Lillehei Heart Institute.
He has been active in the field of liver research for more than four decades. In that capacity, he has been a long-standing member of several National Institutes of Health Study Sections.
Over the span of his career, he has developed expertise in a wide variety of disciplines including epigenetics, microRNAs, receptor-mediated endocytosis, non-viral gene therapy and gene editing. Much of his research has focused on liver regeneration and neurodegenerative disorders, including Huntington’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease. He has published over 320 scientific articles; and has organized and chaired many national and international scientific conferences related to liver diseases.
His present research is on the development of human livers in pigs via genetic engineering and blastocyst complementation to address the enormous shortage of livers for transplantation.