Sander Named Director of UC San Diego’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Center

Dr. Maike Sander

La Jolla, June 15, 2012: Dr. Maike Sander, Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, was recently named the Director of UC San Diego’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Center.

Sander has served as a physician-scientist for UC San Diego’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC) since its inception. Launched in 2008, the Department of Pediatrics PDRC uniquely brings together top-ranked physicians and research scientists to investigate the causes and cure of childhood diabetes.

With over twenty years of experience in medicine and academic research, Sander is a leading expert in pancreas biology. After graduating with an M.D. from the University of Heidelberg Medical School in Germany, Sander received a post-doctoral fellowship to conduct research at UC San Francisco. A recipient of a 5-year Career Development Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Sander went on to become an Assistant Professor at Hamburg Medical School, Germany, and UC Irvine. Her research has focused on strategies for regenerating or replacing lost insulin-producing beta cells in diabetes.

Dr. Sander is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and is the recipient of significant scientific research awards, including the prestigious Grodsky Basic Research Scientist Award from the JDRF. She also co-chairs the JDRF scientific review committee, and serves as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, and numerous scientific journals.