Institutional Advisory Committee

The Institutional Advisory Committee is a group of scientific leaders from our stakeholder institutions who collaborate to provide the region with research opportunities.

Simon Atkinson, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Research ,
University of Kansas

Mario Castro, MD, MPH

Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, Director, Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute,
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Donna Buchanan, PhD

Director of Research,
Saint Luke's Health System

Tom Curran, PhD, FRS

Senior Vice President, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer,
Children’s Research Institute, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Sheila Grant, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor of Research & Strategic Initiatives, Professor in the Department of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering,
University of Missouri

Mark Hecker, PharmD, MBA

Director of Research Administration,
University Health

Yusheng (Chris) Liu, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Research,
University of Missouri Kansas City

Edward O’Connor, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic, Research and Student Affairs,
Kansas City University

Timothy Pluard, MD

Medical Director of Saint Luke’s Cancer Center and Director of Saint Luke’s Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer,
Saint Luke's Cancer Institute

David Rosowsky, PhD

Vice President for Research,
Kansas State University

Matthias Salathe, MD

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research,
University of Kansas Medical Center