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Sandra Merscher

General Information

Sandra  Merscher


  • English
  • English, German, French


  • Research Asst. Professor

Research Interests

Podocyte biology

Proteinuric kidney disease

Drug and therapeutic target discovery

Mouse models of kidney diseases


Scientific Award Committee
Stanley J. Glaser Foundation Biomedical Research Award


1999 Ph.D.
University of Saarland



Dr. Merscher obtained her Ph.D. degree in Human Genetics from the University of Saarland, Saarbrucken, Germany. For her postdoctoral fellowship, she joined Dr. Raju Kucherlapati’s Laboratory in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA where she worked on the generation and phenotypical analysis of mouse models for Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome. Since her postdoctoral fellowship, she has worked as Research Assistant Professor with several investigators from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL. specializing in the generation of mouse models for proteinuric kidney diseases. Her research focuses on elucidating and understanding the molecular mechanisms that contribute to the development of proteinuria with a special emphasis on focal segmental glomerulorsclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic kidney disease (DKD).