Two clinician-scientists receive Taubman Scholar appointments

June 25, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Two clinician-scientists at U-M have received Taubman Scholar appointments, the Taubman Institute announced.


Vibha Lama, M.D., M.S., is a pulmonologist whose research focuses on fibrosis pathways in the lung that are common to several pulmonary conditions. She is an expert on the mesenchymal cell and its fibrogenic transformation regarding lung transplants.

Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist whose research focuses on the interactions between genes and the environment, and their effect on stress, anxiety and depression.

The Taubman Scholar grants of $450,000 over three years will allow Lama and Sen to pursue research projects that are higher risk, but potentially have a greater impact on understanding health and disease.


The grants were established in 2008 by the late philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman to provide unrestricted funds that would enable physician-investigators at U-M to pursue novel and bold biomedical inquiry. 

“Drs. Lama and Sen were selected from a wealth of worthy candidates,” said Charles F. Burant, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Taubman Institute. “We are delighted to support these dedicated faculty members who are in the prime of their careers and recognized as thought leaders in their fields of investigation.”

To date, 23 U-M faculty members are designated as Taubman Scholars, in fields ranging from cardiology to ophthalmology to genetics. 

The Taubman Institute also provides support to junior faculty through its Emerging Scholars Program, which supports the research of early-career clinician-scientists. In addition to financial funding, the scholars at all levels participate in mentorship, opportunities for scientific collaboration and networking.

Learn more about Taubman Institute by visiting its website.