The executive committee is comprised of Taubman Scholars and Emerging Scholars who assist the director with recommendations about the institute’s programs and policies.

Members include:

Charles F. Burant, MD, PhD

  • Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism
  • Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • Professor, Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
  • Director, A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at Michigan Medicine, Medical School
  • Chair, Taubman Institute Executive Committee

Dr. Burant studies how individual differences in metabolism affect longevity and risk for metabolic diseases, spanning the range from basic to translational to clinical research.

Sung Won Choi, MD, MS

  • Edith S. Briskin and Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation Research Professor
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Dr. Choi treats children with cancer.  Her research focus is in the prevention and treatment of graft versus host disease (GVHD), the major complication of the bone marrow transplants that some cancer patients receive.  With collaborators, she has conducted a novel clinical trial of GVHD prevention using the anti-cancer drug, vorinostat.

Kathleen Collins, MD, PhD

  • Professor, internal medicine
  • Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Taubman Scholar

Dr. Collins has focused her career on understanding how viruses establish infections in human and animal cells, with a special focus on human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS. She has helped discover how HIV evades detection by the body’s immune system, specifically the “killer T cells” that normally destroy virus-infected cells.

Donna Martin, MD, PhD

  • Ravitz Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
  • Professor, Human Genetics
  • Chair, Department of Pediatrics
  • Taubman Scholar

Dr. Martin’s research focuses on the genetic basis of neural development and disorders of human development.


David Pinsky, MD

  • J. Griswold Ruth, MD & Margery Hopkins Ruth Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Professor, molecular & integrative physiology
  • Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Director, Cardiovascular Center
  • Founding Taubman Scholar

Dr. Pinsky is the division chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at U-M, as well as the scientific director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center.  As a result of his groundbreaking research, Dr. Pinsky is known as a foremost expert in understanding the relationship between blood flow and heart and brain diseases.