The Research Council at the University of Missouri School of Medicine offers faculty a forum to discuss institutional research issues and communicate them to the administration. In addition, the Research Council sponsors the School of Medicine Student Research Fellowship Program.

Research Council Membership & Guidelines

The Research Council consists of at least 15 voting members. Three members hold the following positions:

  • An associate dean responsible for research in the School of Medicine
  • Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in the Health Sciences Section
  • Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the VA Hospital

At least 15 members appointed from the Faculty Assembly of the School of Medicine must meet these requirements:

  • Appointed annually by the Dean
  • May not serve more than three consecutive years
  • Major involvement in research activity

To stagger terms, approximately one-third of Council membership is replaced each year. 

Research Council Roster

Member Department Term Expires
Katherene Anguah, PhD Nutrition & Exercise Physiology 6/30/23
Diego Avella, MD Surgery 6/30/23
Michael Baldwin, PhD Molecular Microbiology & Immunology 6/30/22
Erika Boerman, PhD Medical Pharmacology & Physiology 6/30/21
Dana Duren, PhD Orthopaedic Surgery 6/30/22
Brett Froeliger, PhD Psychiatry 6/30/23
Ayman Gaballah, MD Radiology 6/30/23
Kuanysh Kabytaev, PhD Pathology & Anatomical Sciences 6/30/22
Xunlei Kang, MD, PhD Medicine 6/30/21
Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, MD Child Health 6/30/21
Mihail Popescu, PhD Health Management & Informatics 6/30/22
Deepthi Rao, MD Pathology & Anatomical Sciences 6/30/22
Kyle Schweser, MD Orthopaedic Surgery 6/30/22
Iris Zachary, PhD Health Management & Informatics 6/30/21

Ex-officio Members

  • William Fay, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Research
  • Niels Beck, PhD, Chair, Institutional Review Board
  • Adam Whaley-Connell, DO, Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, HSTMVH

Administrative Support

Debbie Taylor, Senior Coordinator