Quick Facts


Mission: To improve human health through collaborative scientific discovery.

History: In May 1999, the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents approved a new interdisciplinary science unit to advance life-science research at the university and position Michigan as a leader in biomedical research. The Life Sciences Institute, housed in a new 230,000 square foot open-laboratory design building, opened in fall 2003.

Governance and Leadership: LSI is an independent research institute reporting to the provost of the university. The institute works in partnership with the deans and chairs of relevant academic units to recruit faculty and build programs and resources. An Executive Committee representing the scientific leadership on the campus helps advise the institute; two external boards, the Leadership Council and Scientific Advisory Board, also provide guidance.

Director: Roger D. Cone was appointed Mary Sue Coleman Director of the Life Sciences Institute, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Number of faculty: 22

Disciplines: biochemistry, cell biology, chemical biology, computational biology, genetics, neuroscience, structural biology, stem cell biology, medicine

Centers: Center for Chemical Genomics, Center for Structural Biology, Center for Stem Cell Biology, and the Center for the Discovery of New Medicines (a partnership between several campus units)

Students: Approximately 120 students work and learn in the institute during a given semester, and a total of more than 120 doctoral students have completed their thesis projects in LSI labs. The institute is also the administrative home of the interdepartmental Chemical Biology graduate program.

Funding: LSI is primarily funded through government-sponsored research.  In addition, LSI receives annual proceeds from an endowment provided by the university and external donors. Research is also supported by generous individual donors through targeted giving or the LSI annual fund.

Total number of people working in the building: Approximately 400