National Search for Executive Director of Michigan Neuroscience Institute

June 21, 2022

The University of Michigan (U-M) seeks to appoint an internationally renowned neuroscientist and academic leader to serve as the Executive Director for the newly named Michigan Neuroscience Institute (MNI). This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead a distinguished institute as it charts a course for its future. With the creative dexterity offered by its interdisciplinary curriculum and the academic rigor and breadth of opportunity provided by a world-class university, MNI is well positioned to address the most pressing questions in neuroscience at the foundational, translational, and clinical levels, while also educating future leaders in the field.

U-M has longstanding strengths in the neurosciences and internationally recognized research programs in key areas of the field. Significant opportunities have recently accelerated efforts to invest in, coalesce, and unite the neuroscience community across the University. In 2020, the regents approved changing the name and expanding the scope of the previous iteration of the institute, then known as the Molecular and Behavioral Neurosciences Institute (MBNI), to become the Michigan Neuroscience Institute. U-M now seeks new leadership to catalyze increased collaboration among neuroscientists and neuroscience-related programs across campus. U-M aims to leverage its well-established neuroscience foundation and other campus-wide research strengths by establishing the newly configured MNI with both a physical home and a virtual reach across the university. Working in this dynamic environment, the Executive Director will find passionate, committed colleagues, proud of the institute’s history and eager to advance its mission.

As the leader of the MNI, the Executive Director will develop, implement, and effectively communicate a vision for the institute that promotes and encourages robust collaborations across the university. As an advocate for the MNI, the Executive Director will enthusiastically broadcast the institute’s compelling story to further generate wide-ranging philanthropic support for the institute’s growth and expansion.

The Executive Director will bring a demonstrated record of multidisciplinary team-building experience and a collaborative, inspirational, and engaging leadership style.  Experience launching and sustaining multidisciplinary programs, building sustainable infrastructure, exercising sound fiscal management, and fostering positive organizational cultures are necessary to the Executive Director’s success, as well as a keen ability to and interest in working across traditional boundaries.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications to Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm assisting with the search. All replies will be held in strict confidence. Correspondence and applications, which should include a CV and letter of interest, should be submitted electronically to Patricia Hastie and Jane McInerney at Isaacson, Miller via

Search Committee

Lori Isom, PhD (Committee Co-Chair)
Maurice H. Seevers Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Professor of Neurology

Martin Myers, Jr., MD, PhD (Committee Co-Chair)
Marilyn H. Vincent Professor of Diabetes Research
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Director, Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC)
Director, Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute

Cynthia Chestek, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Carol Elias, PhD
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Dawn Kleindorfer, MD
Robert W. Brear Professor and Chair of Neurology  

Joerg Lahann, PhD
Wolfgang Pauli Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Director, Biointerfaces Institute

Srijan Sen, MD, PhD
Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences
Director, Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center
Professor of Psychiatry
Research Professor, Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Natalie Tronson, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology

Bing Ye, PhD
Burton L. Baker Collegiate Professor of the Life Sciences
Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Laura Hessler
Project Manager, Medical School Office of Research

Lucas Huffman, PhD
Research Administration Fellow, Medical School Office of Research

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