Join Us in Pushing Forward the Boundaries of Discovery

The Biological Sciences Scholars Program (BSSP) provides start-up funds to recruit outstanding scientists in key areas of life sciences investigation. The goal of the program is to develop a new generation of leaders in biomedical research at the University of Michigan.

Since its inception in 1998, this Program has led to the recruitment of outstanding scholars in the areas of genetics, microbiology, immunology, virology, structural biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular pharmacology, stem cell biology, cancer biology, physiology, cell and developmental biology, and the neurosciences.

How We Select Scholars

A distinctive feature of the program is the collaborative assessment and recruitment of candidates by top senior scientists across multiple departments — ensuring high standards and exceptional connections for those recruited. An interdisciplinary committee of leading scientists, including senior Biological Sciences Scholars, will assess your application.Together they seek the very best candidates, and then identify the best departmental home.

The committee members are committed to the success of each new scholar throughout their early career. Each new class of biological scholars adds to Michigan’s vibrant scholarship community of the very best scientists who are committed to excellence and inspired innovation.

Biological Sciences Scholars Committee  2017-2018

Eric Fearon, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Internal Medicine, Human Genetics and Pathology

John Moran, Ph.D., Vice-Chair (BSSP Scholar 1998), Human Genetics and Internal Medicine

Janet Smith, Ph.D., Vice-Chair, Biological Chemistry and Life Sciences Institute

Committee Members

Ruma Banerjee, Ph.D., Biological Chemistry

Kathleen Collins, M.D., Ph.D. (BSSP Scholar 1998), Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology

William Dauer, M.D., Neurology and Cell & Developmental Biology

Andrzej Dlugosz, M.D., Dermatology and Cell & Developmental Biology

Sundeep Kalantry, Ph.D., (BSSP Scholar 2009), Human Genetics

Andrew Lieberman, M.D., Ph.D., Pathology

Carey Lumeng, M.D., Ph.D., (BSSP Scholar 2008) Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases and Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Gabriel Nuñez, M.D., Pathology

Mary O'Riordan, Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology

Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, Internal Medicine and Human Genetics

Yatrik Shah, Ph.D., Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Internal Medicine

Kristen Verhey, Ph.D., Cell & Developmental Biology

Thomas Wilson, M.D., Ph.D. (BSSP Scholar 1999), Pathology and Human Genetics

Yukiko Yamashita, Ph.D. (BSSP Scholar 2006), Cell & Developmental Biology and Life Sciences Institute

Bing Ye, Ph.D. (BSSP Scholar 2008), Cell & Developmental Biology; Life Sciences Institute