Medical Scientist Training Program
Kathleen L. Collins, MD, PhD, Director
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease. Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Kathleen Collins is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA in Molecular Biology) and the Johns Hopkins University MD/PhD program. Dr. Collins undertook residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. She has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 1998 and was appointed Director of the MSTP in 2020. She is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), The American Association of Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCI journal, JCI Insight. Dr. Collins is active in basic research and the teaching of graduate students. Research in the Collins lab focuses on molecular mechanisms of HIV immune evasion and persistence. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Basic Research.
Suzy Dawid, MD, PhD, Associate Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Dawid obtained a BA in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology from University of Colorado-Boulder and an MD/PhD from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Dawid completed residency/fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has been on faculty at here since 2008 and holds joint appointments with the departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology. She has been an MSTP operating committee member since 2017 and an Associate Director since 2018. Dr. Dawid is actively involved in the clinical care of pediatric patients with suspected or confirmed infectious diseases. Her research group focuses on inter-bacterial interactions that promote bacterial survival and adaptation using the pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae, as a model organism.
Carey Lumeng, MD, PhD, Associate Director
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Dr. Lumeng is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. in Molecular Biology) and received his PhD in Human Genetics and MD from the University of Michigan MSTP. He completed residency training in Pediatrics in the Boston Combined Pediatrics Residency Program and completed fellowship training in Pediatric Pulmonology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lumeng became an MSTP Associate Director in 2019. Dr. Lumeng's research is on the mechanisms by which inflammation contributes to obesity-associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes. His lab has a particular interest in adipose tissue immune cells and their contribution to metabolic disease using pre-clinical and clinical approaches.
Goutham Narla, MD, PhD, Associate Director
Division Chief of Genetic Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Narla earned a BS from Santa Clara University in California and an MD/PhD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He also completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Medical Genetics at Mount Sinai. Following fellowship, he worked at Case Western Reserve University as an Associate Professor. In 2018, he joined Michigan Medicine as Division Chief of Genetic Medicine. Dr. Narla's current research focuses on the identification and characterization of the key negative regulators, tumor suppressor proteins, cancer development and progression, and the development of small molecule-based therapies that activate tumor suppressor genes for cancer treatment.
Elizabeth K Speliotes MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Director
Keith S. Henley MD Collegiate Professor of Gastroenterology, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Elizabeth (Liz) Speliotes is a graduate of Yale University (BS/MS biology) and the Harvard/MIT MD/PhD program. Dr. Speliotes completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She carried out post doctoral training in human and population genetics at the Broad Institute and the Framingham Heart Study and completed an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health. She was recruited to University of Michigan in 2011 where she sees patients in gastroenterology and directs her own lab. Her group carries out human genomic studies of obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease to identify genetic variants that predispose to these diseases and define disease subtypes. Her groups targets candidate variants/genes to create cell and animal models of disease to define their mechanism of action and to screen for therapeutics. She has been awarded the Jerome Conn Award for research in Internal Medicine and the Deans award for Basic Science Research. She reviews for multiple NIH, National, and international study sections and journals. She has been elected to and serves as the Institutional Representative for the American Society for Clinical Investigation where she works to recruit and support physician scientists. She is committed to training and serving individuals from diverse backgrounds and serves on multiple committees and organizations to develop and implement policies to improve under represented minority representation and access.
Justine Hein, Assistant Director
Justine is responsible for the overall management of the MSTP Office and student services.
Liz Bowman, Financial Analyst
Liz is the MSTP's financial guru. She is responsible for all matters relating to student funding, payments, travel money, etc.