Gift Opportunities

We hope our successes this past year make you proud of the University of Michigan Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. Our philanthropy funds play a key role in strengthening our department, faculty, and trainees. We hope you will play part and join many others in supporting Molecular & Integrative Physiology by making a gift to the funds below:

Bishr Omary Physiology Postdoctoral Awards & Symposium Fund  Bishr has already made a very generous seed gift that was kindly supplemented by funds provided by the Endowment for the Basic Sciences, several clinical departments and the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology to thank Bishr for his service to the our department, and the basic sciences and clinical department at large in the medical school. Presently this quasi-endowment has a total of more than $225,000, and our goal is to raise the fund a total of $500,000 via additional generous gifts of any denomination.

Annual returns from this quasi-endowment are currently being used to support MIPs postdoctoral career development in a variety of ways that include postdoc recognitions, the annual symposium, a named lectureship in conjunction with the annual symposium, postdoc travel and small grants, and other postdoctoral career development activities. Donate online at

Graduate Education Fund in Physiology: Your gift will propel the development of future biomedical researchers currently enrolled in the Molecular & Integrative Physiology PhD Program. These individuals are studying the mechanistic basis of human diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Donate online at

John and Margaret Faulkner Lectureship.: You will be supporting an annual lectureship by a prominent invited speaker selected by the students and faculty in honor of John and Margaret Faulkner.
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Master’s Education Fund in Physiology: The MS in Physiology is designed for students who plan to pursue employment in a research laboratory, or to continue their education as PhD, medical, dental or other health professional schools. Your gift will provide financial assistant to master students.

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Physiology Annual Fund: Your gift enables the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology to direct resources where they are most needed or where opportunities are greatest, from upgrading or replacing a critical piece of lab equipment to providing resources to our trainees, researchers and faculty.
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Physiology Summer Research Fellows Fund: Your gift will support undergraduate students that are interested in research in physiology and/or biomedical sciences. This fund provides financial support to summer research fellows, their research and the summer program activities.  
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SEEK Fund: The Science Engagement and Education for Kids is an outreach effort driven by the physiology students and department members to promote science in the community. This fund supports the development of outreach educational program and outreach activities.  
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If you would like to discuss making a major donation to any of the above funds, leaving a gift for us in your will, or offering a pledge or gift of appreciated stock, please contact Joe Piffaretti, our development officer, at 734-763-4938, or [email protected].