July 5, 2023

Ruma Banerjee, Ph.D., will lead the basic biomedical research cluster of M-PACT, a new program to increase faculty diversity

The University of Michigan and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will jointly invest $79 million to recruit and support a large cohort of diverse faculty members as part of a nationwide effort to enhance inclusion and equity across the biomedical and health sciences community. The Michigan Program for Advancing Cultural Transformation (M-PACT) will launch this fall and aims to recruit 30 new assistant professors across 11 schools, colleges and units into three interdisciplinary research clusters: social and behavioral research, basic biomedical research and clinical-translational research. Ruma Banerjee, a current co-director of the ASBMB MOSAIC program to support the career development of scientists from diverse backgrounds, will lead M-PACT's basic biomedical research cluster.

"UMich to invest $79M toward hiring 30 professors as part of DEI program with NIH" in The Michigan Daily

"U-M, NIH jointly invest $79M for DEI in biomedical, health sciences" in The University Record

Award announcement from NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST)