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Sandra Schmid was born in Vancouver, Canada and received her B.Sc. Degree (Honours) in Cell Biology at the University of British Columbia.  She moved to the U.S. in 1980 for graduate studies with Jim Rothman at Stanford University. She was a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow and Lucille P. Markey Scholar with Ira Mellman and Ari Helenius at Yale, and moved to The Scripps Research Institute as an Assistant Professor in 1988. She served as Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology at TSRI from 2000-2012, before being recruited to UTSW. Schmid is a leader in the scientific community.  She was co-founding editor of Traffic, Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Biology of the Cell and President of the American Society for Cell Biology. She has received numerous awards, including an ASCB/WICB Jr. Career Recognition Award, an NIH MERIT Award and the William C. Rose Award from the ASBMB. Schmid is committed to mentoring young scientists and gives frequent career development and time management seminars to postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty throughout the US. As a mother of two, now college-aged children, she remembers fondly coaching their soccer teams, going on family RV trips and attending their recitals.  Schmid's research, published in >130 papers, is directed towards elucidating the molecular mechanisms and regulation of clathrin-mediated endocytosis, and analyzing the structure and function of the GTPase, dynamin. 


University of British Columbia (1980), Cell Biology
Graduate School
Stanford University (1985), Biochemistry
Graduate School
University of San Diego (2009)

Research Interest

  • Differential regulation of CME in normal and cancer cells
  • Mechanisms governing and regulating clathrin-mediated endocytosis
  • Structure and Function of the GTPase Dynamin


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Impairment of dynamin's GAP domain stimulates receptor-mediated endocytosis.
Sever S, Muhlberg AB, Schmid SL Nature 1999 Apr 398 6727 481-6
Control of EGF receptor signaling by clathrin-mediated endocytosis.
Vieira AV, Lamaze C, Schmid SL Science 1996 Dec 274 5295 2086-9
Regulation of receptor-mediated endocytosis by Rho and Rac.
Lamaze C, Chuang TH, Terlecky LJ, Bokoch GM, Schmid SL Nature 1996 Jul 382 6587 177-9
Dynamin self-assembles into rings suggesting a mechanism for coated vesicle budding.
Hinshaw JE, Schmid SL Nature 1995 Mar 374 6518 190-2

Honors & Awards

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Sir Bernard Katz Award, Biophysics Society
  • Sr. Leadership Award, ASCB Women in Cell Biology
  • ASBMB William Rose Award
  • NIH MERIT Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Jane Coffin Childs, Scientific Advisory Board (2017)
  • Pew Scholars Advisory Committee (2017)
  • Academic Editor, PLoS Biology (2011)
  • President-Elect, President, Past President, ASCB (2010-2012)