Coordinating Committee

Committee Mission

The Biosciences Initiative Coordinating Committee’s (BICC) 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.

Primary Committee Objectives

  • 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

Learn more in the 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; Vice President for Research, Health Sciences, Office of Research; Director, Injury Center; Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, Interim Vice President for Research


Nisha DSilva

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



Lola Eniola-Adefesco
Professor and Vice Chair for Graduate Studies in Chemical Engineering; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering; Director of the Cell Adhesion and Drug Delivery Lab; Associate Director for the  NIH Cellular Biotechnology Training Grant; Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows

Eric Fearon

Eric 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


Srijan SenSrijan Sen
Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Research Associate Professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, Medical School, and Associate Vice President for Research in Health Sciences


Donald ZakDonald Zak
Alexander H. Smith Distinguished University Professor of Ecology, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Burton V. Barnes Collegiate Professor, Professor of Natural Resources and of Environment, School for Environment and Sustainability; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts