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The Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan achieves excellence in biomedical research by bringing together the world’s leading scientists from a variety of life science disciplines to accelerate breakthroughs and discoveries that will improve human health. With close to 400 scientific staff members, the LSI is exploiting the power of a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to biomedical research in an open-laboratory facility.
Designed as a hub for collaboration, the LSI serves as a physical and intellectual bridge linking the basic life sciences with medicine, public health, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and engineering. All faculty in the LSI also have an academic appointment in another school or college at U-M. Faculty represent the College of LS&A, the Medical School, the School of Public Health and the College of Pharmacy and fourteen departments including Chemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Physiology, Human Genetics, Bioinformatics, Hematology and Oncology, Medicinal Chemistry and others. Through its collaborative centers and scientific initiatives, the LSI creates crossroads for all UM faculty and students to engage across fields and other academic boundaries.
Supported by sophisticated facilities, equipment, core services and professional staff, LSI scientists are creating basic knowledge for application in the medical world. The LSI is home to an academic early drug discovery center featuring a specialized library of natural products, a cryo-electron microscopy laboratory, a comprehensive protein production and crystallography core, as well as the U-M Center for Stem Cell Biology. LSI scientists use the latest genetic approaches, modeling human disease and biological processes in organisms such as yeast, flies, worms, zebrafish and mice. The power of world-class scientific minds combined with the ever increasing capabilities of technology is building our understanding of life at the molecular level and hastening breakthroughs in potential therapies.