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., Patke, S., Lee, J. Y., Chang, Y.-T., & Davidson, A. J. (2017). The Vital Dye CDr10b Labels the Zebrafish Mid-Intestine and Lumen. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 22 (3).10.3390/molecules22030454
    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 (Cambridge, England), 51 (2), 395-398. 10.1039/c4cc08075k
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: 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., & Belmonte, J. C. I. (2013). Isolation and in vitro culture of primary cardiomyocytes from adult zebrafish hearts. Nature Protocols, 8 (4), 800-809. 10.1038/nprot.2013.041
  • Sesé B, Barrero, M. J., Fabregat, M.-C., Sander, V., & Izpisua Belmonte, J. C. (2013). SMYD2 is induced during cell differentiation and participates in early development. The International Journal of Developmental Biology, 57 (5), 357-364. 10.1387/ijdb.130051ji
  • Sander, V., Eivers, E., Choi, R. H., & De Robertis, E. M. (2010). Drosophila Smad2 opposes Mad signaling during wing vein development. PloS one, 5 (4)10.1371/journal.pone.0010383
  • Eivers, E., Fuentealba, L. C., Sander, V., Clemens, J. C., Hartnett, L., & De Robertis, E. M. (2009). Mad is required for wingless signaling in wing development and segment patterning in Drosophila. PloS one, 4 (8)10.1371/journal.pone.0006543
  • Sander, V., Reversade, B., & De Robertis, E. M. (2007). The opposing homeobox genes Goosecoid and Vent1/2 self-regulate Xenopus patterning. The EMBO Journal, 26 (12), 2955-2965. 10.1038/sj.emboj.7601705