Oncology Division

Mark S. Sands, PhD

Department of Medicine
Oncology Division
Stem Cell Biology
Department of Genetics

Research Interests

  • Lysosomal storage diseases
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Gene therapy
  • Enzyme replacement
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Bone marrow transplantation


  • 314-362-5494 (office)
  • 314-362-5496 (lab)
  • 314-747-5770 (fax)
  • Room 5509, 4444 Forest Park (office)
  • Room 5510, 4444 Forest Park (lab)
  • Division of Oncology
    Section of Stem Cell Biology
    Washington University Medical School
    660 South Euclid Avenue - Box 8007
    St. Louis, MO 63110


1980 BS, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
1990 PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Post-graduate Training
1990-1993 Postdoctoral Fellow, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
1993-1994 Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Academic Positions
1980-1984 Research Technologist, Department of Radiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
1994-2001 Assistant Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Genetics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2001-2007 Associate Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Genetics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2007-present Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Genetics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
University Appointments & Committees
1994-present Stem Cell Biology Recruitment Committee
2004-2007 Scientific Director, Lysosomal Storage Disease Center
2004-2009 Admissions Committee, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
2005-2014 Institutional Biosafety Committee
2006-2011 Co-Director, Viral Gene Vector Laboratory, Department of Neurology
2009-present Radiation Safety Committee, Increased Controls Subcommittee
2015-present Senior Scientific Advisor, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (ICCRC), Washington University School of Medicine
Honors & Awards
1999 International Guest Lecturer, Kumamoto University, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, National Children’s Medical Research Center, Japan
2000 Extramural Guest Lecturer, XVIII International Complement Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT
2002 Guest Lecturer, Roscoe Brady Symposium, Washington, DC
2015 Krivit Lecture, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN
2018 Distinguished Educator Award, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Editorial Boards
2012-present Editorial Board, Journal of Clinical Medicine
2014 Guest Editor, Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 12, Supplement 1, Part Two: Some Diseases With Current Therapies or/in Clinical Trials
2016 Guest Editor, Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 14, Supplement 1, Part Three: Therapy for Lysosomal Storage Disorders: How Therapies are Being Developed for Orphan Diseases
Professional Societies & Organizations
American Society of Hematology
American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy
American Society for Microbiology
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society for Neuroscience
Hunter's Hope Foundation
   Scientific Advisory Board, 1999-2001
Mucopolysaccharidosis Society
   Scientific Advisory Board, 2001-present
   Chairman, 2006-2009
Batten Disease Support and Research Association
   Scientific Advisory Board, 2002-present
   Genetic Diseases Committee, 2007-2010 (Chairman, 2008-2009)
Global Organization for Lysosomal Storage Diseases
   Council Member, 2008-2009