Scott Saunders, MD, PhD

Scott Saunders, MD, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

Heparan sulfate proteoglycans, predominantly as members of either the glypican or syndecan gene families, are found ubiquitously on cell surfaces where they apparently act as co-receptors in the functional binding of growth factors, extracellular matrix molecules, cell-cell adhesion molecules and molecules involved in several degradative pathways. Our goal is to understand the functional role of these cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans in regulating cellular processes of proliferation, differentiation and migration.


  • 1990: MD/PhD, cancer biology, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.


  • 1990 - 1993: Intern and resident, Boston Children's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School
  • 1993 - 1996: Clinical fellow, neonatology, Harvard Medical School
  • 1994 - 1995: Postdoctoral fellow, brain and cognitive sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge