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Reproductive Physiology

Melanie J Clemmer, PhD, HCLD

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Assistant Professor

IVF Laboratory Director 
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology 
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 26506 
Phone: (304) 598-3100 


Post Doctoral Fellowship, Cell Biology, University of Pittsburgh, 2006- 2007 
, Reproductive Physiology, West Virginia University, 2005 
, Reproductive Physiology, West Virginia University, 2002 
, Animal Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999


As a clinical scientist I am interested in translational research that can be implemented into clinical practice quickly. My primary area of interest is understanding how age influences fertility, specifically how increasing concentrations of FSH affect the function and health of oocytes and granulosa cells. In addition, we are investigating treatment trends and outcomes for IUI patients.


Physiology of Reproduction (  ANPH 424; Guest lecturer)


Thompson W, Murray PJ,  Clemmer MJ, Olfert M. 2013. Current Trends in the Treatment of Patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. American Society for Nutrition,  Washington DC. (Abstr) 

Kader A, Odeh A,  Clemmer MJ, Calabro T, Falcone T, Vernon MW. 2013. Developing a vitrified bioartificial ovary: A pilot study. Fertility and Sterility September 100(3):S186. 

Bowdridge E,  Clemmer MJ, Vernon MV, Flores JA. 2013. Etiology of Infertility is Associated with the Response of Mural Granulosa Cells to LH. Biology of Reproduction (Abstr.) 

Senger PL, Oki A,  Clemmer MJ. 2011. “Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) TCAD.” An audio visual aid for ART patients. Clemmer MJ. 2011. Use of Oil Overlay in the Culture of Embryos. J Clin Embryol. 14(1):9-13. 

McGee EA,  Clemmer MJ, Zeleznik A. 2010. Proliferation of granulosa cells in small follicles after FSH treatment in the  Macaca mulatta. Fertility and Sterility September 94(4):S57-58. 

Rhinehart JD,  Starbuck-Clemmer MJ, Flores JA, Milvae RA, Yao J, Poole DH, Inskeep EK. 2009. Low peripheral progesterone and late embryonic/early fetal loss in suckled beef and lactating dairy cows. Theriogenology. Feb;71(3):480-90. Epub 2008 Sep 21. 

Starbuck-Clemmer MJ
, Hernandez-Fonseca H, Ahmad N, Seidel G, Inskeep EK. 2007. Association of fertility with numbers of antral follicles that develop within a follicular wave during the estrous cycle in cattle. Reprod. Dom. Anim. 42:337-342. 

Clemmer MJ
, McGee EA and Zeleznik AJ. 2007. Effects of FSH on the development of preantral and early antral follicles in the primate ovary. University of Pittsburgh Post-doc Association, Pittsburgh, PA. (Abstr.)