Find Research Collaborators

Michigan Research Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across disciplines, offering a rich representation of the research knowledge and talent of over 5,000 faculty members across the University of Michigan.

Use the database to find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration or mentoring, explore co-author networks, and connect with colleagues across the preeminent U-M research enterprise to expand your research network. 

The Michigan Research Experts tool is intended to highlight our research prominence. Faculty from the following schools, colleges and institutes are included in the Michigan Research Experts tool:

  • School of Dentistry
  • College of Engineering
  • Life Sciences Institute
  • College of Literature, Science and the Arts
  • Medical School
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health
  • and many more!

Only faculty members with a salaried appointment in the Clinical, Research and Instructional tracks are included. Clinical Instructors and Clinical Lecturers have not been included, to date, due to having primarily a clinical focus. Appointment lists are maintained internally, and there may be a lag between a faculty member's hire date and generation of a fingerprint. Depending on a faculty members hire date, their profile may not be visible for up to 3-5 months.

Michigan Research Experts is powered by the Elsevier Pure platform, and is managed by the Medical School Office of Research and Health Information & Technology Services (HITS).  


  • A consolidated, thorough directory of faculty research expertise for faculty and staff. An understanding of “who” in the organization is working on “what” facilitates building collaborative teams and productive research relationships, and enables networking beyond one’s immediate peer group. 
  • A resource to navigate faculty expertise that is easy to use, reflects both career-long and current information, and requires little, to no, faculty effort for creation or maintenance.
  • In addition to highlighting individual research expertise, Michigan Research Experts exposes connections among U-M researchers and external faculty, and can assist in identifying potential collaborators. This tool can also help find mentors and subject matter experts, making connections between faculty, students, staff, and other external users easier.


Michigan Research Experts scans and analyzes all of the publications in Elsevier’s Scopus citation database and uses the aggregated data to create an individual fingerprint for each University of Michigan faculty author. Faculty members in the Michigan Research Experts tool come from the following schools, colleges and institute: School of Dentistry, College of Engineering, Life Sciences Institute, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health.

Faculty members profiled in the Michigan Research Experts tool come from many schools, colleges, centers and institutes. This fingerprint is updated automatically as publications enter the Scopus database, meaning faculty members are not required to manually maintain their individual profiles. Once a profile has been established, Michigan Research Experts disambiguates author names to ensure that publications are associated to the correct author. Elsevier’s algorithm incorporates additional publication data to determine whether one “John Smith” is the same as another “John Smith.” This additional information includes concepts, co-authors and location, among others. In cases where publications are incorrectly assigned or missed, they can be manually attributed to the correct author.

In addition to publications, sponsored projects (e.g., grants) from UM’s eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system (maintained by the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects), and patents managed by the Office of Tech Transfer are included. The projects data is used to create a fingerprint based on the externally funded sponsored projects awards associated with a faculty member. This information is presented alongside the publication fingerprint for each faculty member, thereby highlighting subject matter expertise in publications, funding, and patents. Grant and patent data are updated in the Michigan Research Experts tool on a quarterly basis. Please note that the data for sponsored projects are from external sponsors awarded at U-M only.


The overview provides a snapshot of an Expert’s profile. The following are other views that can be found in a researcher’s profile:

  • The Profile tab shows a fingerprint of the expertise represented in a faculty member's publications, grants and patents. This fingerprint is made up of nine thesauri, some open and some proprietary, including: Agriculture and Biology, Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine and Life Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Social Sciences. The bars under each of these concepts show a measure of how significant and unique that term is across all Experts profiles.
  • The plus signs next to each term allow the users to see what publications, grants or patents from that faculty member are causing that term to appear in their fingerprint. When looking at this list, users can select the publication title to show the abstract of that publication and a link to that article in Scopus, or the patent title for additional information and to link out to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database.
  • The Publications tab provides a list of publications by the researcher, listed chronologically starting with the most recent first.
  • The Grants tab provides a list of grants held by this researcher at the University of Michigan, listed chronologically starting with the most recent first.
  • The Similar Experts tab lists similar experts at the University of Michigan who have a matching profile.
  • The Journals tab provides a list of journals where publications of the research have appeared; with journals that have the most publications appearing at the top of the page.
  • The Trends view shows research concepts that have been most significantly present over the researcher's career. The height of the line equals the number of publications including the concept for a particular year.
  • The Institutional Network view shows the units within the University of Michigan with whom the researcher has collaborated, listed with most recent publications first. The first section shows internal organizations, such as other departments, while the second list shows external organizations, such as other universities.
  • The Coauthor Network view shows authors, with whom the researcher has collaborated, listed with the most frequent collaborators. The first section shows internal coauthors, while the second list shows external coauthors, including individuals at other universities or institutions.
  • Lastly is the Research Network which is a visualization of the connections between the researcher and their collaborators. The circles represent individual researchers and the lines connecting them represent papers that they have published together. The size of each indicates the number of publications.



How do I navigate an Expert's Profile?

You can access a researcher’s profile in Michigan Experts by conducting a search by last name. First, click on By Last Name underneath the search box at the top-right side of the screen. Input the last name of the researcher you want to find in the search engine. Select the name from the list provided to pull up their profile.

Each Michigan Experts profile includes a pre-populated list of publications for that researcher from Scopus. You can sort the list by year and citation count. Click on any of the publications to access the full publication details, including the abstract and related publications.

Each profile also includes the researcher’s unique research Fingerprint, which shows key concepts across the content that makes up their profile, such as publications or grants. The length of the bars indicates the significance of each term relative to all of their research concepts, adding stronger weight to those concepts that are more unique. Click on the plus symbol to the left of any of the concepts to see which publications caused the chosen term to appear. Click on the concept itself to run a search for other researchers at the University of Michigan who have focused on the same concept in their own work.

Within each profile, you can also access an inventory of journals in which the researcher has published, a list of similar experts, and detailed views of their co-author and institutional networks. In addition, you can access interactive visualizations to identify trends in their research output over time and explore relationships in their co-author network.

How can I find experts in a specific concept?

You can easily identify experts by searching Michigan Experts for a concept of interest. If you’re a researcher, these could be collaborators for a new project. If you’re a graduate student, these could be mentors or faculty with specific research interests.

Simply input the concept in the search engine at the top of any page and search ‘By Concept’. You can also click on any concept throughout the tool to instantly search on that term.

The list of researchers is organized in order of how relevant the chosen concept is to each author’s publication history in Scopus. To the right of each researcher’s name is the number of publications the author has produced as well as the number of grants received.

Michigan Experts also provides you with a list of additional concepts that appear in conjunction with your original search term to help you narrow your search. Add or remove concepts to refine your search.

Click on the plus symbol to the left of the researcher to access his or her publications which are associated with the concept or group of concepts you searched. Click on the researcher’s name to access his or her profile.

Michigan Experts also provides you with tools to identify experts outside of your institution. You can select the Community tab to pull up a list of experts in other institutions that have their own Experts applications.

How can I identify similar experts or potential collaborators?

In addition to searching by concept in Michigan Experts, you can also identify potential collaborators by using the Similar Experts feature. Pull up your own profile and click on the Similar Experts tab.

Michigan Experts shows researchers in your institution whose Fingerprints closely resemble yours, categorized as co-authors and non-co-authors. Click on a researcher’s name to access his or her profile, where you can view the researcher’s individual Fingerprint, publication history, and respective list of similar experts.

How can I learn about an individual's publication history?

You can learn about a faculty member’s research interests and activities with just a few steps in Michigan Experts. First, click on By Last Name underneath the search box at the top-right side of the screen. Enter the last name of the faculty member you are searching for. Select the faculty member from the list provided to view his or her profile.

Click on the Publication tab to view the author’s list of publications from Scopus, automatically updated in Michigan Experts each week. The publications have been manually reviewed by Elsevier, ensuring the list is as accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date as possible. You can sort the articles by year or citation count, enabling you to quickly identify the researcher’s most current or most influential publications.

Look at the Trends view to understand how the faculty member’s research interests have changed over time. This view presents the most significant concepts appearing in his or her work. The height of each colored line represents the number of publications including the concept for a particular year, showing the emergence of new research topics and changes in publication volume about these topics over time. You can adjust this visualization to focus on a specific period of time or add and remove concepts using the checkboxes below.

How can I find the right collaborators for a funding opportunity?

You can identify potential collaborators for a funding opportunity in Michigan Experts by searching for experts in a single concept, outlined earlier in this video series, or by running a full text search.

By conducting a free text search, Michigan Experts generates a Fingerprint of the text and matches this fingerprint against the fingerprints of faculty members in your institution.

This can be done with any Request for Applications, Program Announcement, calls for proposals, funding announcements, abstract, or other text you may have available.

First, simply copy the text. Then, return to Michigan Experts and click on “By Free Text” underneath the search box at the top-right side of the screen. This opens up the free text search box.

Paste the text into the search box, select a domain to generate a Fingerprint that is matched to researcher expertise, and then click Find. Michigan Experts provides you with a list of experts whose research output overlaps with the fingerprint generated from the text.

To the right, you can view this Fingerprint and tailor your search by changing the weight of concepts, making certain concepts an absolute requirement, more or less important, or removing them entirely. As you modify your search criteria, Michigan Experts refines the list of experts.

How do I navigate my co-author network?

Michigan Experts makes it easy to navigate your co-author network. From your profile, simply click Co-author Network to access a career-long list of your co-authors inside and outside of your institution. To the right of each researcher’s name you’ll find the number of shared publications and a histogram showing the author’s research output over time.

Click on the plus symbol to the left of the researcher’s name to access the publications you co-authored. Click on an internal coauthor’s name to access his or her profile.

You can also pull up an interactive visualization of your co-author network in Michigan Experts. Click Research Network. Here you see a map of your co-author network. The visualization continually reshapes itself to find the best view. Click anywhere in the box to pause the visualization.

The red circle represents you, the profiled researcher, and the purple circles represent your internal co-authors. The larger the circle, the more publications that researcher has produced. The lines connecting two researchers represent papers that they have published together. The thicker the line, the more shared publications.

Click on a line connecting two researchers to see which papers they published together.

Scroll over a circle to bring up the researcher’s name. Click on the circle to access a list of the top 10 concepts across the content that makes up their profile, such as publications or grants. Here you can also access a list of their most recent publications or grants.

Click on the researcher’s name to access his or her full profile in Michigan Experts. From within their profiles you can explore their own co-author networks to identify potential collaborators.


We welcome your input to make Michigan Experts as complete and accurate as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Contact Laura Hessler, Project Manager, at or 734-615-6575. 

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A full list of Research Development staff is available in the Personnel Directory.