Pascaline Clerc, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Animal Research Issues
Dr. Pascaline Clerc is Senior Director of Animal Research Issues at The HSUS.
She manages the Be Cruelty-Free campaign in the United States, aiming to raise awareness about the issue of animal testing for cosmetics and eventually end animal testing in the United States.
Dr. Clerc also oversees The HSUS's work involving the refinement and ultimate replacement of animals in research, which involves work with scientists, industry leaders, and government officials.
Before joining The HSUS, Dr. Clerc was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where she studied brain metabolism after traumatic brain injury. During her time at the University of Maryland, Dr. Clerc worked on finding molecules that prevent neuro-degeneration after traumatic brain injury, adapting a technology that typically involved the use of live animals to one that didn’t require the use of animals.
She also completed a fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institute of Health (NIH), further investigating cell death. Dr. Clerc received a master's degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in cellular biology from the University of Grenoble in France, where she studied the bioenergetics of hepatic cells and the mechanism of cell death.
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