The A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute supports some of today’s most aggressive medical science researchers, all members of the University of Michigan Medical School faculty, with three-year grants that they use to fund their investigations. 

These clinician-scientists and their laboratory teams are working to combat a wide array of diseases: childhood and adult cancer, neurodegentative diseases, diabetes, ALS, cardiovascular disease, obesity and many other debilitating conditions.

Scholars also serve as advocates for research by taking part in U-M efforts to educate the public about the importance of biomedical research and the need to provide support for scientific study.

 Founding Scholars

The original Taubman Scholars, they continue to serve as leaders and advisers to the institute.

Eva Feldman

Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.

Russell N. DeJong professor of Neurology

Director of the Taubman Institute

Director of the Program for Research & Discovery

New Hope in the Battle against ALS


Valerie P. Opipari, MD

Ravitz Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric and Communicable Diseases Pediatrician-in-Chief

Director of the Taubman Institute's Neuroblastoma Research Program

Discovering Treatments for Childhood Cancers

David Pinsky MD

David J. Pinsky, M.D.

J. Griswold Ruth MD & Margery Hopkins Ruth Professor of Internal Medicine

Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine

Director, Cardiovascular Center

Harnessing Natural Vessel Defenses to Combat Stroke

Max Wicha

Max S. Wicha, M.D.

Founding Director of U-M’s Comprehensive Cancer Center

Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Internal Medicine

Finding and Targeting Cancer Stem Cells

 Senior Scholars

Through the progress of their research and their public stewardship of the cause of medical science, these former Taubman Scholars have earned renewed funding.

Nick Boulis

Nicholas Boulis, M.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology at U-M

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University


Developing Cellular and Molecular Therapies for the Nervous System


Frank Brosius

Frank C. Brosius III, M.D.

Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Division Chief of Nephrology

Protecting Kidney Cells from Diabetic Disease


Charles Burant

Charles F. Burant, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism

Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Director, U-M Metabolomics and Obesity Center

New Approaches in Understanding and Treating Obesity


Arul Chinnaiyan

Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.

S.P. Hicks Endowed Professor of Pathology

Professor of Urology

Director, U-M Center for Translational Pathology

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Using Advanced Technology to Diagnose and Treat Prostate Cancer


David Ginsburg

David Ginsburg, M.D.

James V. Neel Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Human Genetics

Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Medicine

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

The Science Behind Blood Clotting

Theodore Lawrence

Theodore Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D.

Isadore Lampe Professor

Chair of Department of Radiation Oncology

Improved Targeting of Liver and Pancreas Cancer

 Taubman Scholars

The Taubman Scholars are senior level physician-researchers and thought leaders in discovery-driven science.

John Carethers

John Carethers, M.D.

John G. Searle Professor

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

The role of inflammation in colon cancer

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Internal Medicine

Improving therapies for HIV


Sharleen Day

Sharlene Day, M.D.

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Understanding the disease mechanisms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Tom Gardner

Thomas Gardner, M.D., M.S.

Healthy Eyes Taubman Scholar

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Director, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Diabetic Retinopathy Center

Seeking to prevent and cure eye damage caused by diabetes

Jack Parent

Jack Parent, M.D.

Professor, Neurology

Finding novel therapies for epilepsy

Henry Paulson

Henry L. Paulson, M.D., Ph.D.

Lucile Groff Professor of Neurology for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders

Director of the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center

Causes and treatment of age-related neurodegenerative diseases

Pavan Reddy

Pavan Reddy, M.D.

Moshe Talpaz Professor of Translational Oncology

Understanding the role of inflammation in graft-versus-host disease after bone-marrow transplant.

Benjamin Segal

Benjamin Segal, M.D.

Holtom-Garrett Professor of Neurology

Director, University of Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Center

Director, Holtom-Garrett Program in Neuroimmunology

The immunopathology of multiple sclerosis


Emerging Scholars

The Emerging Scholars Program provides support for clinician-scientists on the U-M faculty who are in the early stages of their research careers.

There is a pressing need in the scientific community to do more to support early-career researchers who are increasingly choosing to leave the laboratory due to financial pressures. We are at risk of losing the next generation of our best and brightest scientists.

The Emerging Scholars Program offers an opportunity for them to establish their credentials in order to secure traditional funding in the future.  They are aggressive "high risk, high reward" scientists who already have initiated a number of human clinical trials of new therapies for disease.

Asheesh Bedi  

Asheesh Bedi, M.D.

Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor, Sports Medicine, Shoulder, & Hip Preservation Surgery

Director, Sports Medicine Research Program, U-M MedSport

Speeding recovery after muscle and joint injuries

Sung Won Choi  

Sung Won Choi, M.D.

Edith S. Briskin/SKS Foundation Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Improving the Success of Bone Marrow Transplants

Brad Foerster  

Bradley Foerster, M.D., Ph.D

Taubman Institute Emerging Scholar

Associate Professor, Radiology

Improving ALS diagnosis

Gallagher Katherine  

Katherine Gallagher, M.D.

Friends of Judy and Alfred Taubman Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Healing the wounds of diabetes patients

Johann Gudjonsson  

Johann E. Gudjonsson, M.D., Ph.D.

Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Understanding the Genetics of Psoriasis and Other Skin Diseases

Lynn Henry  

Lynn Henry, M.D., Ph.D.

The Marvin and Betty Danto Family Foundation Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine/ Hemotology and Oncology

Alon Kahana  

Alon Kahana, M.D., Ph.D.

Mrs. William Davidson Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor and Helmut F. Stern Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Using Stem Cells to Regenerate Human Tissue

Todd Morgan  

Todd Morgan, M.D.

 Taubman Institute Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor, Urology

Identification and treatment of early disseminated prostate cancer

Erika Newman  

Erika A. Newman, M.D.

Edith S. Briskin/SKS Foundation  Emerging Scholar


Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery

Using Stem Cells to Reverse Fatal Childhood Cancer

Parag Patil  

Parag Patil, M.D., Ph.D.

Young Friends of the Taubman Institute Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, and Biomedical Engineering

Co-Director, Movement Disorders Program and Psychiatric Neuromodulation Program

Myria Petrou  

Myria Petrou, M.A., M.S., MB ChB

Leslie and Abigail Wexner Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor, Radiology

 Diagnostic imaging to find the link between diabetes and dementia

Rajesh Rao  

Rajesh C. Rao, M.D.

Leslie and Abigail Wexner Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Assistant Professor, Pathology

A stem-cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration

Srijan Sen  

Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D.

Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

The intersection of genetics and stess in depression

Durga Singer  

Kanakadurga Singer, M.D.

Edith S. Briskin / SKS Foundation Emerging Scholar

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology

Understanding obesity’s role in disease-causing inflammation

Adam Stein  

Adam Stein, M.D.

Linda and Ed Levy, Jr. Emerging Scholar 

Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine Department of Internal Medicine 

Advancing heart failure treatment through tissue samples

Scott Tomlins  

Scott Tomlins, M.D., Ph.D.

The A. Alfred Taubman Emerging Scholar


Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

Studying cancer at the molecular level


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