Investigator Profile: Maike Sander
►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
►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?
Cycling, running, swimming and read a book if there is any time left.