Dr Veronika Sander

MSc PhD, Salzburg


Veronika moved to the University of Auckland in 2013 after postdoctoral research at UCLA and the Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona, where she had worked on transcriptional gene regulation during embryonic development using several genetic models including Xenopus and Drosophila. She has also acquired an expertise in adult organ regeneration (heart and kidney) that she studied on the zebrafish model. 

Research | Current

Currently, I have been using zebrafish to study the downstream factors of Hnf1b, a master regulator involved in kidney development, disease and regeneration. I am also working with the iPSC-derived kidney organoid model that we have established in the lab as a tool to model human kidney injury and disease.

Teaching | Current

MEDSCI 312: Endocrinology of Growth & Metabolism

Areas of expertise

Zebrafish development and regeneration

Kidney development and regeneration

Human kidney organoid culture

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sander, V., Naylor, R. W., & Davidson, A. J. (2019). Mind the gap: renal tubule responses to injury and the role of Cxcl12 and Myc. ANNALS OF TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE, 710.21037/atm.2019.01.80
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46742
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Davidson
  • Davidson, A. J., Lewis, P., Przepiorski, A., & Sander, V. (2018). Turning mesoderm into kidney. Seminars in cell & developmental biology10.1016/j.semcdb.2018.08.016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Davidson
  • Przepiorski, A., Sander, V., Tran, T., Hollywood, J. A., Sorrenson, B., Shih, J.-H., ... Davidson, A. J. (2018). A Simple Bioreactor-Based Method to Generate Kidney Organoids from Pluripotent Stem Cells. Stem cell reports, 11 (2), 470-484. 10.1016/j.stemcr.2018.06.018
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44911
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Hollywood, Brie Sorrenson, Alan Davidson
  • Sander, V., Patke, S., Lee, J. Y., Chang, Y.-T., & Davidson, A. J. (2017). The vital dye CDr10b labels the zebrafish mid-intestine and lumen. Molecules, 22 (3)10.3390/molecules22030454
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40510
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Davidson
  • Sander, V., Patke, S., Sahu, S., Teoh, C. L., Peng, Z., Chang, Y.-T., & Davidson, A. J. (2015). The small molecule probe PT-Yellow labels the renal proximal tubules in zebrafish. Chemical Communications, 51 (2), 395-398. 10.1039/c4cc08075k
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Davidson, Zhenzhen Peng
  • Peng, Z., Sander, V., Permina, E., Holm, T., & Davidson, A. J. (22/9/2014). Gene expression profiling of zebrafish renal progenitor cells. Poster presented at Asia-Pacific Kidney Development Workshop, Queenstown, New Zealand.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zhenzhen Peng, Alan Davidson
  • Sander, V., & Davidson, A. J. (2014). Kidney injury and regeneration in zebrafish. Seminars in Nephrology, 34 (4), 437-444. 10.1016/j.semnephrol.2014.06.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Davidson
  • Sander, V., Suñe G, Jopling, C., Morera, C., & Izpisua Belmonte, J. C. (2013). Isolation and in vitro culture of primary cardiomyocytes from adult zebrafish hearts. Nature Protocols, 8 (4), 800-809. 10.1038/nprot.2013.041


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 504 - Bldg 504
Level 3, Room 340
New Zealand

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