June 15, 2017
Michael J. Imperiale has been appointed associate vice president for research–research policy and compliance in the University of Michigan Office of Research.
His five-year appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, is effective July 1.
As associate vice president, Imperiale will lead the development and review of research policy, and serve as the key point of contact for research compliance.
Imperiale, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of microbiology and immunology in the Medical School, also will oversee issues surrounding responsible conduct of research and will serve as the institutional research integrity officer.
In addition, Imperiale will provide operational oversight for the activities under the assistant vice president for research–regulatory and compliance oversight, and assistant vice president for research–animal program compliance oversight.
Imperiale earned Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees, as well as a Ph.D., from Columbia University in New York. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University in New York before joining U-M as an assistant professor in 1984.
Over the course of his career, his research has focused on virus replication, virus-host cell interactions and science policy. In 1996, Imperiale was promoted to professor in the Medical School's Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Since 2015, he has served as an adjunct professor for the University Courses Division.
Imperiale also has been active in administration, serving as the associate chair for the Medical School's Department of Microbiology and Immunology since 2007.
He has held a variety of leadership positions across campus, including director of the Cellular Biotechnology Training Program, Cancer Biology Training Program, Molecular Oncology Program and the Doctoral Program in Cancer Biology. He also chaired the U-M Institutional Biosafety Committee.
"Policy and compliance are essential to ensuring the safety and integrity of university research," said S. Jack Hu, vice president for research. "With his commitment to research and a strong record of administrative leadership within units across campus, Dr. Imperiale is an outstanding candidate for the position of associate vice president for research–research policy and compliance."