Jill Weimer, PhD, Lab

Weimer Lab

Primary Research Focus

Dr. Weimer Bio

Research in the Weimer Lab is focused on understanding the processes that control development of the cerebral cortex and how disruption in these processes leads to various neuropediatric diseases. Specifically, the team explores a number of mechanisms involved in neural stem cell proliferation, neuronal polarity, and axonal outgrowth and trafficking with the hope of advancing our knowledge of neurobiology and aiding in the future treatment of rare neural developmental disorders. This includes projects focused on Batten disease, cortical malformations, white matter disorders, neurofibromatosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Senior Director of Therapeutic Development and Associate Scientist in Children's Health Research Center
  • Associate professor for the Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota
  • Bachelor of Science and doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in The Neuroscience Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sanford Research - Weimer Lab

Behind the research

Dr. Weimer’s research team is interested in understanding mechanisms of polarized signaling involved in development of the cerebral cortex.  These processes are known to regulate the proliferation and placement of neurons, formation of axons in differentiating cells, and long term maintenance and trafficking within these same processes. The Weimer lab draws on expertise in cell and molecular biology, genetics, and behavioral neuroscience to answer questions that bridge from basic mechanisms to translational and clinical approaches to treat human disease.  These questions answer how and why various scaffolding or “signaling complex” form in neurons, how disruption in these complexes can contribute to human disease and determine if these complexes may serve as druggable targets. 

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Lab Projects Contact Information
CRMP2/CLN6/KLC4: Mechanisms that mediate cargo selection and transport in developing & mature axons Telephone: (605) 312-6407
Email: jill.weimer@sanfordhealth.org
MARCKS Associated Signaling Complexes in Cortical Development
Rho GTPase Signaling in the Developing Cerebral Cortex
Multifaceted preclinical studies for the treatment of Batten Disease
Neurofibromatosis type 1 Disease Model


Weimer Lab in the Press
Sanford Research draws a global team
Dakota Midday: Dr. Jill Weimer On STEM and Young Scientists
Weimer is named the EmBe's 2016 winner of Healthcare and STEM award at the Tribute to Women event
New therapy gives hope in children's fight against fatal Batten disease
Work from the Weimer lab is spotlighted in Good Morning America segment

Groundbreaking Gene Theraoy Clinical Trial Offers Glimmer of Hope for Young Children with Rare Batten Disease

Sanford shares results at Vatican event

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Lab News

April 2017 Jill Weimer, PhD, spoke at a virtual Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) Town Hall. This event, attended by families of Neurofibromatosis and Schwannoma patients and members of the CTF's board and staff, provides a community forum to discuss updates related to the work funded through the CTF.

April 2017 A team of Sanford physicians and scientists led by Drs. Megan Landsverk, Kyle Roux, and Jill Weimer published a research article in American Journal of Medical Genetics that investigated the molecular consequences of PHOX2B mutations in patients with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome. "Nonsense pathogenic variants in exon 1 of PHOX2B lead to translational reinitiation in congenital central hypoventilation syndrome". 

March 2017 Jill Weimer, PhD, along with Steven Powell, MD, presented to participants of the Leadership Sioux Falls course, organized by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. This program fosters the development of leadership in the greater Sioux Falls community. Dr. Weimer spoke about the basic and preclinical research going on in rare diseases at Sanford Research.

January 2017, Dr. Jill Weimer served on the Translational Research in Pediatrics and Obstetric Pharmacology and Therapeutics grant study section for the National Institutes of Health.

December 2016, Dr. Jill Weimer was an invited speaker at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. Dr. Weimer spoke to undergraduate science majors about the strategies used to study rare diseases and training opportunities available at Sanford Research for undergraduate and graduates students.

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