Tara L Sander, PhD

  • Investigator and co-director Nucleic Acid Extraction Core, Children's Research Institute
  • Scientific director of Molecular Diagnostics, Children's Wisconsin
  • Associate professor, Pediatric Surgery and Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin




  • Pathology
  • Surgery

Research interest

  • Birthmarks and vascular anomalies
  • Cancer
  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Genetic diseases/genomics
  • Heart disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Medications in children

Study interests

  • Molecular basis of congenital heart disease
  • Endothelial cell function and vascular response to injury
  • Transcriptional regulation of the tumor suppressor protein Myeloid Zinc Finger gene 1 (MZF1)
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Propranolol metabolism in the pediatric population


  • Doctorate, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2000
  • Research fellow, departments of Surgery and Pathology, Children's Wisconsin Boston, Harvard Medical School, 2003
  • Fellow, MCW Clinical Research Scholars, 2009

Education and Awards



  • Best Poster Award, 10th Annual Chicago Signal Transduction Symposium, Northwestern University Medical School, 1997
  • AACR-WICR Brigid G. Leventhal Scholar Award, 2000
  • William Donegan Oncology Research Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2006 and 2007
  • AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award (accepted on behalf of WFC), 2008
  • Outstanding Faculty Service, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2009

Research and publications