Investigator Profile: Maike Sander

Consortium: HPAC





Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?

Germany, University of Heidelberg

►What is your current position?

Professor, University of California, San Diego & Director, Pediatric Diabetes Research Center

►Why did you decide to become a researcher?

Because there is an inherent thrill in discovering new things.

►What is the “Big Picture” of what you study?

The goal of our research is to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie the formation and function of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, which are affected in diabetes.

►What is your favorite aspect of your research?

Discussing data with trainees and learning through collaboration with others.

► What do you hope to achieve with your research?

My laboratory aims to identify strategies for beta cell regeneration and replacement in order to develop novel treatments for diabetes.

► What groups are you involved with?

Human Islet Research Network
Accelerating Medicines Partnership Type 2 Diabetes Consortium
German National Academy of Sciences
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?

Cycling, running, swimming and read a book if there is any time left.












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