Nancy J Wandersee, PhD

  • Investigator, Children's Research Institute
  • Assistant professor, Medical College of Wisconsin




  • Hematology, Oncology and Transplant

Research center/program

  • Bleeding disorders research

Research interests

  • Bleeding and blood disorders
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Disease pathology

Study interests

  • Red blood cell membrane/membrane skeleton
  • Hereditary spherocytosis and elliptocytosis
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Hemolysis and vascular injury
  • Mouse models
  • Pathophysiology of stroke, thrombosis and vascular dysfunction


  • Doctorate, Genetics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1995
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Red Blood Cell Research, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, 1995-2001

Education and Awards



  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, 1986
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, 1986
  • Member Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society 1986–present
  • Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1997–present
  • Member American Society of Hematology 1998–present

Research and publications


  • Nociceptive Mechanisms Underlying Sickle Cell Pain, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (NHLBI/NINDS, co-investigator
  • Research Project Cooperative (U54 Grant): Midwest Basic and Translational Research Parogram (BTRP), NIH (NHBI), Core Leader (Animal Core), principal investigator (Blood Center subcontract), co-investigator (Project 4: Cell Free Hemoglobin, Lipid Oxidation, and Nitric Oxide in Sickle Cell Disease)
  • Mechanisms of Vascular Injury in Murine Hemolytic Anemia, American Heart Association, National Center Scientist Development Grant, principal investigator