About the Office of Research

Leadership Team

Our team proudly supports an internationally recognized research enterprise, where our shared goal is pursuing innovative science and improving the lives of patients and their families. 

We work diligently to foster an environment of innovation and efficiency, and touch virtually every facet of Medical School research, with units including: 

Biomedical Research Core Facilities 


Calendar Review & Analysis Office 

Clinical Trials Support Office

Data Office for Clinical and Translational Research

Grant Review & Analysis 

Innovation & Business Development

Institutional Review Board - Medical School 

Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research 

Research Development Support 

Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine

As these units work to facilitate and impact key research functions and processes at the Medical School, our team members strive to:

  • Create and maintain strategic resources to enhance investigators' competitiveness.
  • Streamline research processes to increase research team satisfaction.
  • Build and refine coordinated infrastructure to support high-quality research.
  • Accelerate and enhance research through external partnerships to impact health.
  • Engage the research community by improving cross communication.

The Medical School Office of Research is also leading the implementation of the multi-million dollar Strategic Research Initiative, where our entire research enterprise is working to “fast forward” to tomorrow's cures. 

Across the spectrum, our team's primary mission is to support a culture of innovation and efficiency that serves the Medical School research community and, ultimately, contributes to positive patient impact. 

At the U-M Medical School Office of Research, we focus on researchers, so they can focus on great science.

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Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research
Endowed Professor of Pathology Research


Our Leadership

Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D.
Steven L .Kunkel

As Senior Associate Dean for Research, Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D., provides direction for the school’s research mission, including setting goals for developing a major global presence for the Medical School’s research enterprise. Dr. Kunkel is the Endowed Professor of Pathology Research and co-director of general pathology in the Department of Pathology at the Medical School. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in microbiology and served his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He joined the University of Michigan Medical School faculty in 1980... (more

George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D.
George Mashour, M.D., Ph.D.

George A. Mashour, M.D, Ph.D., was appointed associate dean for clinical and translational research and director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research MICHR in October 2015. He also is the Bert N. La Du Professor of Anesthesiology Research, with additional faculty appointments in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Neuroscience Graduate Program. In his capacity as associate dean, Dr. Mashour guides the translational research efforts of the Medical School in close partnership with the senior associate dean for research and other departments to enhance the quality and quantity of externally sponsored... (more)

Samuel M. Silver, M.D., Ph.D.

Samuel M. Silver

Assistant Dean for Research, Dr. Silver is a professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School specializing in malignant and benign hematology, and is a former director of the University of Michigan Cancer Center Network. He has been a member of the faculty since 1986 and in April 2008 he was appointed Assistant Dean for Research. Dr. Silver received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University. He completed his residency at the University of California-San Francisco and was a fellow in hematology and oncology at the University of Pennsylvania... (more)

Anna Lok, M.D.
Anna Lok

Anna Lok, M.D is the Alice Lohrman Andrews Research Professor in Hepatology in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Research. Dr. Lok is responsible for leading and implementing the processes of Fast Forward Clinical Trials across the entire UMHS. She provides the overall leadership, management, and oversight of the network of clinical trials nodes and key aspects of the supporting central administrative structure. Dr. Lok obtained her medical degree from the University of Hong Kong and her hepatology training under the late Dame Sheila Sherlock at the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK. She was on the faculty at the University of Hong Kong until she moved to the United States in 1992...(more)

Teri A. Grieb, Ph.D.

Teri Grieb

Teri Grieb, Ph.D., is the Chief of Staff, Research Enterprise for Michigan Medicine and Senior Director for Research at the University of Michigan Medical School. In these roles, she partners with Michigan Medicine’s Chief Scientific Officer and the Medical School Senior Associate Dean for Research in advocacy for the research mission. As the chief business and administrative officer for the research mission, Dr. Grieb is responsible for the operational and fiscal management of the Medical School Office of Research and its reporting units. She assists with... (more)

Jessica L. Durkin, M.S.
Jessica Durkin

Jessica Durkin joined the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research as Associate Director for Research in June 2010. In her role, Jessica aids in executing the research strategy, setting priorities, establishing practice and policy, and providing council to reporting units. She directs the daily operations... (more)