Emerging Scholar Receives Mid-career Biosciences Faculty Achievement Recognition Award

Emerging Scholar, Sami Barmada, MD, PhD, is one of six U-M scientists and engineers receiving the Mid-career Biosciences Faculty Achievement Recognition Award, which recognizes exceptional mid-career faculty in the biosciences. Dr. Barmada is the Angela Dobson Welch and Lyndon Welch Research Professor and associate professor of neurology, and the institute’s Danto Family Foundation Emerging Scholar.…

Emerging Scholar Katherine Gallagher elected to National Academy of Medicine

Taubman Emerging Scholar Katherine A. Gallagher, MD, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the highest honorary society in the country for researchers in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Gallagher, who received Taubman Institute funding for her early research into the mechanisms of impaired wound healing in patients with…

Taubman Emerging Scholar Appointed Assistant Dean for Tenure Track Faculty

Taubman Scholar Kanakadurga Singer, M.A., M.D. has been appointed assistant dean for tenure track faculty in the University of Michigan Medical School, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Singer will provide oversight of tenure track faculty appointments and promotions and advancement, and serve as an advocate for tenure track faculty in the medical school and university. As…

Taubman Scholar receives top faculty award

Taubman Scholar Kathleen Collins, MD, PhD, has been awarded a 2022 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award by U-M’s Rackham Graduate School. Each year, five faculty members from throughout the university are selected for the award, which honors senior faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors, have a record of sustained…

Dr. Charles Burant Re-appointed as Director

Charles F. Burant, MD, PhD, will lead Michigan Medicine’s Taubman Institute for an additional five-year term, announced Marschall Runge, MD, PhD, executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the U-M medical school. Burant was first appointed in 2017, succeeding founding director Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD. His second term will span 2022-2027. “We…

Taubman Scholar pioneers stem cell treatment for dry AMD

Taubman Emerging Scholar Rajesh Rao, MD, is leading a new clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Eighteen patients in the trial will receive as many as 250,000 specially engineered cells derived from adult retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. The experimental cells are injected under the macula,…

New findings about the immune systems of patients with lupus

Research supported in part by the Taubman Institute has developed new findings about the immune systems of patients with the autoimmune disorder lupus erythematosus. Investigators including Taubman Emerging Scholars Michele Kahenberg, MD, PhD, and Johann Gudjonnson, MD, PhD, note in a recently published paper that the normal-appearing skin of lupus patients contains the same inflammatory…

Tracking COVID through wearables

Taubman Institute Innovation Project finds new use for heart rate data By Morgan Sherburne Michigan News If you become ill with COVID-19, your smartwatch can track the progression of your symptoms, and could even show how sick you become. That’s according to a University of Michigan study that examined the effects of COVID-19 with six…

Emerging Scholar Elected Vice Chair of SACUA

Kanakadurga (Durga) Singer, MD has been elected to a one-year term as vice chair of the university’s Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA). SACUA advises and consults with the president, provost and other executive officers of the university on issues that affect faculty interests. Dr. Singer is the Valerie Castle Opipari, MD Professor of…

Congratulations to Taubman Institute Managing Director, Grace Wu

Grace Wu, managing director of the Taubman Institute, has received the 2022 Research Staff Leadership Recognition Award from the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research.  Ms. Wu, who was appointed managing director in 2017, is among 10 honorees university-wide by the program that spotlights those who play a key role in supporting research…