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Sandra Scherer

Sandra Scherer, PhD

About Me

I joined Alana Welm’s lab in July 2017, after completing my PhD studying the role of the lymphatic system in breast cancer metastasis at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. My postdoctoral research in Alana’s lab focused on (a) immune humanization of breast cancer patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models, and (b) developing protocols for establishment of organoid models derived from breast cancer patients as a tool for co-clinical studies and precision medicine. After completing my postdoc, I am now working as a research scientist in the lab and, in addition to ongoing research using patient-derived models (PDMs), I focus on managing and organizing the lab-based part of our clinical trials that utilize PDMs, and on implementing cBioportal as a tool for PDM -omics analysis. Outside of the lab, I enjoy everything that involves coffee, mountain biking, camping, and hiking with my German Shepard, or backcountry skiing in the winter.