The institute’s philosophy is to provide our faculty and their teams with superior scientific tools and administrative support, allowing them to spend more time focused on what really matters — their research.
The institute’s administrative staff supports all aspects of strategic planning, community building and unit operations — including facilities, information technology, human resources, finance, research administration, academic programs, communications and development.
Administrative Leadership Team
Managing Director Anna Schork, J.D., is the chief operating officer, overseeing administration, finance and operations of the LSI.
Schork and her team provide integrated strategic support to the institute director, enabling nimble and transparent decision-making, and fostering a climate for success for the entire institute community.
Prior to joining the LSI, she was the assistant director for the University's Institute for Social Research for five years, overseeing all administrative and strategic operations and a research budget of nearly $100 million.
Schork began her career at the university in 2001 in the Division of Research Development and Administration, negotiating sponsored research contracts and related agreements with various foundations, pharmaceutical companies and other industry partners. In 2005, she became the Legal/Fiscal Director for the Southwest Oncology Group, a national cancer cooperative funded by the National Cancer Institute through a $50 million grant.
Administrative Director of Graduate Programs
Traci Swan Rowe serves as the Administrative Director of Graduate Programs, overseeing all aspects of the U-M Program in Chemical Biology, including the Chemical Biology Ph.D. and Cancer Chemical Biology M.S. graduate programs. Alongside her team, she provides holistic program management and support for over 60 graduate students and 60 interdepartmental faculty. Traci moved to the LSI in 2013, when the LSI became the administrative home of the Program in Chemical Biology.
Traci began her career at U-M in 2007. From an administrative work-study position in the Department of Chemistry while pursuing an undergraduate engineering degree, to helping build up the Program in Chemical Biology and facilitating graduate students progress as a graduate program coordinator, to managing several trainee programs and initiatives for the Life Sciences Institute, she has dedicated fifteen years to supporting student success at the university.
Director of LSI Finance
Alpa Dalal leads and manages the annual budgeting and planning process for the LSI. She conducts financial analysis, scenario modeling, forecasting and management reporting to ensure efficient financial operations. Additionally, Alpa directs the analysis of the Institute’s recharge rates and attests they comply with the federal costing regulations. Alpa has been with the Institute since 2006.
Alpa began her career at the University of Michigan in 2002 in Central Administration for the Office of Financial Analysis. Before joining the University, Alpa worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a senior auditor, providing accounting and auditing services to a wide variety of education, not-for-profit, manufacturing and other organizations, including SEC reporting companies.
Director of LSI Human Resources
Director of LSI Marketing and Communications
Emily Kagey oversees external and internal communications at the LSI, including media relations, LSI Magazine, news articles, e-newsletters, social media and the institute's web presence.
Emily began her career writing, editing and managing communications in the non-profit sector and then in scientific publishing. She joined the LSI in 2017, where she works with faculty, scientific staff, trainees and leadership to communicate the institute's cutting-edge research, education programs, initiatives and goals.
Director of LSI Operations
Cathy Andrews serves as the Director of Operations responsible for managing support teams including:
- research services
- information technology
- space and asset planning
Cathy started at the LSI in 2003 and was primarily responsible for lab start-up planning and procurement of research equipment. Prior to the LSI, Cathy worked for Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a scientific buyer responsible for labs in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. She began her career at the University of Michigan in 1986 in Facilities & Operations and also worked for the Environmental Health & Safety department before joining HHMI in 1995.
Director of LSI Outreach and Community Engagement
Savannah Williams develops and manages community enhancement programs, activities and groups — including implementing the LSI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategic plan and overseeing our next generation training programs and outreach efforts — to ensure the LSI is creating a work environment where all members feel heard and included.
Savannah joined U-M and the LSI in 2016 as Cone lab manager, utilizing her prior work experience in labs at other universities and research organizations. While supporting a research-intensive basic science program, she also served as a member of the LSI Diversity and Strategic Planning Committee and participated in numerous DEI activities within the LSI. She was a 2019 recipient of an LSI Outreach Award for her volunteer service with several Southeast Michigan schools, the U-M Wolverine Express program and her significant mentorship of Aspirnaut program high school participants.
Director of LSI Research Administration
Danielle Smith is Director of Research Administration and manages pre-and post-award Research Administration for LSI. She has been with the university since September 2015. Danielle has been a Research Administrator for over 18 years, and has held various department and central pre-and post-award positions at Harvard University, Smith College, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northeastern University.
She serves as the LSI representative to the Research Administration Advisory Council and as a moderator and advisor to the aiM Higher CRA Study Group here at U-M. She is a Certified Research Administrator, and a mentor to several RAs here and in New England. Danielle has been a member of NCURA since 2008. She currently serves on the Region IV awards committee. She is also a member of SRA.