Meet our DEI Team

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee meets regularly together and in break out teams to make significant improvements in diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department and the Bioinformatics Graduate Program. 

Our DEI Team

Faculty Representatives

Maureen Sartor - sartorma@umich.edu

DEI Interests: DEI lead, making DCMB and our Bioinformatics Graduate Program more diverse and inclusive overall by making DEI a top priority, serving as a faculty advocate for students who are marginalized in any way, and attending ABRCMS

Alan Boyleapboyle@umich.edu

DEI Interests: Increasing student diversity, helping first generation graduate students, and attending SACNAS

Margit Burmeistermargit@umich.edu

DEI Interests: Retention and success for all students and helping student programs with outreach such as K-12 outreach to underrepresented communities

Peter Freddolinopetefred@umich.edu

DEI Interests: Ensuring a safe, inclusive department for everyone; diversifying faculty recruitment. 

Alla Karnovsky - akarnovs@umich.edu

DEI Interests: Diversifying student recruitment, and helping students transition from undergraduate programs to the Master’s level. 

Jun Li - junzli@umich.edu

DEI Interests: Increasing diversity in academia. 

Jie Liu - drjieliu@umich.edu

Cristina Mitrea - mitrea@umich.edu

DEI Interests: Promoting women in STEM. I serve as advisor for DCMB’s Girls Who Code 

Student Representatives

Olivia Alge - oialge@med.umich.edu

DEI Interests: Supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds, and serving as a student advocate

Cathy Smithsmithcat@umich.edu

DEI Interests: serving as a student DEI advocate 

Monica Holmesmhholmes@umich.edu

DEI Interests: To help build a community among Bioinformatics graduate students and to act as a liaison between students and faculty/staff

Staff Representatives

Kati Ellis - katilou@umich.edu 

Mary Freer - mfreer@umich.edu

DEI Interests: Anti-racism efforts, increase young women opportunities in STEM

Jane Wiesnerjwiesner@med.umich.edu

DEI Interests: Transparency of DEI information