Organogenesis Scholars Program

Scholars Program News

Richard Auchus

Richard Auchus was recruited as the first Organogenesis Scholar to join the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes along with the Endocrine Oncology Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Auchus also serves as the Director of the MEND Fellowship Program.

Jason Spence

Jason Spence was jointly recruited as an Organogenesis Scholar and a Biomedical Sciences Scholar. Dr. Spence is a new investigator who trained with James Wells at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Spence has pioneered the development of gastrointestinal organoids from embryonic stem cells. Such organoids can be used to examine gut development, study diseases of the gut and as substrates for the generation of bioengineered gastrointestinal tissue. He joins the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. His appointment began as an Assistant Professor in the instructional track on September 1, 2011.

Sunny Wong

Sunny Wong was also recruited jointly as an Organogenesis Scholar and a Biomedical Sciences Scholar. Dr. Wong trained with Jeremy Reiter at the University of California, San Francisco, and is using novel approaches to study the role of cilia in tumorigenesis in models of skin cancer as well as the role of hedgehog signaling in wound healing. His work will synergize with the already strong Hedgehog community at Michigan. He joins the Department of Dermatology on December 1, 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the instructional track.

William Rainey

Sunny Wong was recruited from the Georgia Health Sciences University as the fourth Organogenesis Scholar. He joined the faculty of Molecular & Integrative Physiology as the inaugural Jerome W. Conn Professor on November 1, 2012. Dr. Rainey will play an essential role in the growing adrenal team of the Endocrine Oncology Program of the Comprehensive Cancer Center where he will serve as the Director of Endocrine Neoplasia Basic Research. He wil also hold a joint appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine (Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes). He will also be involved with the Cardiovascular Center given his work in cardiovascular biology. Dr. Rainey is an internationally recognized expert in the area of fetal adrenal development and adrenal tumor formation. He has published more than 160 original peer-reviewed article in top journals in his field, and is currently serving as the Managing Editor of the Americas for the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology

Scholars Program Recruitment Announcement

Application Deadline: October 31, 2013

The University of Michigan announces recruitment for the Organogenesis Scholars Program (OSP) for tenure track assistant and associate level professors. The University of Michigan Center for Organogenesis (CFO) was originated in 1995. As the country's first interdisciplinary center for organogenesis, we focus on organ development, maintenance and disease. Individuals are sought to enhance its investigational strengths in the areas of basic and/or translational organogenesis and tissue engineering. The Program is seeking individuals with PhD, MD, or MD/PhD degrees with evidence of successful scientific accomplishment and scholarly promise. Successful candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program, and to become leaders in departmental and program activities, including teaching at the medical, graduate, and/or undergraduate levels. Primary college and department affiliation will be determined by the applicant's qualifications and by relevance of the applicant's research program to departmental initiatives and focus. A curriculum vitae, a three-page research plan, and three original letters of support should all be submitted through the OSP application website.