Tara L Sander, PhD

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

Office locations

8915 W. Connell Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 266-2525
(414) 266-2779



  • 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 Hospital 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