About Sanford Research

Leading the Way in Medical Research

Sanford Research is a non-profit research organization that is part of Sanford Health, an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. Sanford Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation with a presence in 26 states and nine countries.

With a team of more than 250 researchers, Sanford Research supports basic, translational and clinical research in diverse areas including: Pediatrics and Rare Diseases, Cancer Biology & Immunotherapies, Cellular Therapies & Stem Cell Biology, Behavioral Sciences, Diabetes, Genetics & Genomics, Enabling Technologies, and Environmental Influences on Health and Disease.


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David A. Pearce, PhD

President, Innovation & Research
Scientist, Pediatrics & Rare Diseases Group

Sharon Hunt, MBA

Vice President, Operations

Stephen Wonderlich, PhD

Vice President, Research North

Andrew Cardillo

Senior Director, Operations

Kyle Roux, PhD

Senior Director, Biomedical Science
Scientist, Enabling Technologies Group

Jill Weimer, PhD

Senior Director, Therapeutic Development
Scientist, Pediatrics & Rare Diseases Group

Lora Black, RN, MPH

Senior Director, Clinical Research


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