Coordinating Committee

Photo of Coordinating Committee, President, and Provost

President Mark Schlissel, Provost, and BICC (June 26, 2018)

The Biosciences Initiative Coordinating Committee’s mission is to strengthen research and education in the biosciences across the university through strategic leadership, coordination and alignment across the campus. Sponsored by the president and provost, the committee makes recommendations to the president and the provost for strategic alignment of practices, policies and investments in the biosciences.

The primary objectives of the committee are to:

  • Improve quality and strategic coordination in faculty hiring
  • Identify emerging areas of strength, and other opportunities, where campus investment can help catalyze research impact
  • Rationalize investment in core facilities and other forms of research support across full breadth of campus
  • Enhance visibility of the biosciences for both internal and external audiences
  • Create more opportunities for community, collaboration and coordination among those doing biosciences research and education across the campus
  • Improve the quality of graduate and postdoctoral training programs

Biosciences Coordinating Committee Charge



Roger ConeRoger Cone
Chair; Vice Provost and Director of the Biosciences Initiative; Asa Gray Collegiate Professor of the Life Sciences; Mary Sue Coleman Director of the Life Sciences Institute; Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute; Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School



Huda AkilHuda Akil
Gardner C. Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neurosciences; Quarton Professor of Neurosciences in the Molecular & Behavior Neurosciences Institute; Professor of Psychiatry; Research Professor and Co-Director of Molecular & Behavior Neurosciences Institute, Medical School



Liz BarryLiz Barry
Liaison to the President; Special Counsel to the President




Michael BoehnkeMichael Boehnke
Richard G. Cornell Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics; Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health




Rebecca CunninghamRebecca Cunningham
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical School; Associate Vice-President for Research, Health Sciences, Office of Research; Director, Injury Center; Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, representing Vice President for Research S. Jack Hu



Nisha DSilvaNisha D’Silva
Donald A. Kerr Endowed Collegiate Professor of Oral Pathology; Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry; Professor of Pathology, Medical School



Eric FearonEric Fearon
Emanuel N. Maisel Professor of Oncology; Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center; Professor of Internal Medicine, of Pathology and of Human Genetics, Medical School



Daniel ForgerDaniel Forger
Professor of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Research Professor, Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Medical School



David GinsburgDavid Ginsburg
James V. Neel Distinguished University Professor of Internal Medicine and Human Genetics; Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Medicine; Professor of Internal Medicine, of Human Genetics, and of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School; Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute



Richard GonzalezRichard Gonzalez
Amos N. Tversky Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Statistics; Professor of Psychology and of Statistics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Professor of Marketing, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; Research Professor and Director, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research; Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development; Professor of Integrative Systems and Design, College of Engineering


Steve KunkelSteve Kunkel
Acting Chief Scientific Officer, Michigan Medicine; Senior Associate Dean for Research, Medical School; Endowed Professor of Pathology Research, Department of Pathology



Joerg LahannJoerg Lahann
Professor of Chemical Engineering, of Materials Science and Engineering, of Biomedical Engineering, of Macromolecular Science and Engineering; Academic Program Director, Biointerfaces Institute, College of Engineering



Trisha WittkoppTrisha Wittkopp
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Sally L. Allen Collegiate Professor; Associate Chair and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Professor in the Honors Program, and of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts



Donald ZakDonald Zak
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Burton V. Barnes Collegiate Professor; Professor of Natural Resources; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School for Environment and Sustainability; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts