Dr. Bonnie Liu
Co-Director of HR

Ph.D. field: Oncology and Molecular Biology

Current work: Understanding the biology of therapy resistance in gliblastoma 

Matthew Beyersdorf
PR Director​

Ph.D. field: Chemical Biology

Current work: Studies the interactions of proteins involved in gene regulation

Dr. Patrick Long

Director of Finance

Ph.D. field: Neuroscience

Current work: Pediatric neurological disease

Charles Lu


Ph.D. field: Bioelectrical Engineering

Current work: Neural signal processing

Bastian Groitl
Project Manager

Ph.D. field: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Current work: Binding sites for molecular chaperones and O2 bacterial stress response

John Corthell PhD.
Past President (2016-2017)
​Office of Technology Transfer at UM

John has been instrumental in miLEAD achieving non-profit status and built much of our current business model. John stayed on as an advisor to help new consultants be successful by sharing his experience as a consultant, project manager, advisor, and board member over the last couple years.

Kelly VanDenBerg
Director of Web Development

Ph.D. field: Pathology

Current work: Investigating mechanisms of synthetic lethality in various tumor types

Dr. Maggie Evans
Co-Director of HR

Ph.D. field: Molecular Micro-Biology and Biochemistry

Current work: Curli Biogenesis in E. Coli

Jonathan Goldstein

Independent Consultant

Double Eagle Solutions
Jonathan helps miLEAD consultants to understand, in depth, some of the techniques that consultants use in their daily work and why they use them.

Professor Michele Swanson, Ph.D.

​Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology,

University of Michigan
Michele, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Michigan Medical School, is a strong proponent of miLEAD. She has been and continues to be supportive of career growth opportunities for postdoctoral fellows at University of Michigan.

Judy Smith, M.S.L.I.S
Taubman Health Sciences Library
, University of Michigan
Judy started providing tailored information consultations since the early days of miLEAD. She has played and continues to play a pivotal role for miLEAD by utilizing her knowledge of resources for information discovery in aiding consultants with secondary research.  Also, she trains consultants on information resources spanning a wide range of disciplines in the library and beyond.

Board of Advisors

The miLEAD consulting group is a non-profit organization founded and led by University of Michigan postdoctoral fellows. Our members are UM postdocs and graduate students from various academic backgrounds. We provide short-term consulting services to tech companies and other startups in southeast Michigan.

Our mission is:

  1. To serve and assist the University and local business community in exploring business opportunities and addressing complex problems.

  2. To provide opportunities for our members to obtain practical experience in industry and expand their business skill sets in management, team work, and leadership.

  3. To facilitate closer collaboration between the local business and scientific communities.
Paloma Garcia

Vice President

Ph.D. field: Molecular and Cellular Pathology

Current work: Analyzing the tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer

Board of Directors

Our Mission