Faculty Leaders

Roger D. Cone, Ph.D., began his tenure as the Mary Sue Coleman Director of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute in September 2016. A leading researcher in brain regulation of body weight, Cone also serves as vice provost and director of U-M's biosciences initiative.

Janet Smith, Ph.D., was named associate director of the LSI in August 2017. In this role, Smith directs faculty mentoring and career development activities for the institute, and leads strategic planning in the field of structural biology.


Administrative leaders supporting all aspects of strategic planning, community building and unit operations.

Advisory & Governing Boards

Leadership Council

Biomedical industry leaders, venture capitalists and government officials advise and support the LSI leadership and faculty.

Scientific Advisory Board

Leading scientists representing a range of academic and industry experiences guide the LSI leadership and faculty.

Executive Committee

U-M faculty and administrators guide LSI planning and strategy.