PIBS team

One of the hallmarks of PIBS is the close working relationship shared by our students and staff—from before our scientists-in-training arrive on campus until long after they have left. Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals who are committed to supporting students in every aspect of their career development.  

You can reach any of us in the main office at 734-647-7005 or pibs@umich.edu.

Victor DiRita, Associate Dean for Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

Vic is the champion for graduate and postdoctoral training at the Medical School. He represents the interests of trainees to the institution and puts programs in place to help you succeed at U-M and beyond. Learn more about Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

Mary O'RiordanDirector of PIBS, Graduate Studies Chair and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

Mary is fiercely dedicated to excellence in graduate education and to developing scientists. As PIBS director, she leads our recruitment and admissions efforts, facilitates first-year graduate studies, and guides students towards careers of their choosing. 

Lisa Gubaci, Assistant Director

Lisa oversees all aspects of our operations in PIBS and across all of Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs. She's our number one expert for administrative questions.

Michelle Melis, Director of Student Life

Michelle works closely with Rackham Graduate School to coordinate admissions and classes for PIBS. She'll be your cruise director from the moment you step on campus. Michelle also performs office financial functions, including accounting and student funding and financial records.

Lisa Fletcher Garber, Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment

By now, you may have already met with Lisa. She represents PIBS at on- and off-campus informational events and wants to talk with you about considering U-M, applying and succeeding in graduate school. 

Josh Daniels, Recruitment Coordinator

Josh teams up with Lisa with recruitment and admissions efforts on campus and on the road. He coordinates PIBS communications that will offer the latest-and-greatest information and advice.

Kierstin FiscusAdministrative Assistant

Kierstin provides support for the PIBS and Postdoc Office.  She is the first person you see in the PIBS office, the friendly voice you hear on the phone, and the email liaison for the office.  If you haven't heard from her yet, you will soon!