The Precision Health team is available to help support and connect faculty with the resources they need.
Rachel Dawson, JD, Managing Director
Rachel joins Precision Health from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she served as assistant dean of career services. Prior to that, she was director of professional development at Faegre Baker Daniels, where she directed lawyer training and development programs. She brings more than eight years of operations and talent management experience, leading operations staff, developing teams, and representing organizations with employers and donors. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Rachel will work closely with the Precision Health co-directors to refine and implement the strategic plan and vision.
Tina Creguer, Senior Project Manager
Tina comes to Precision Health after serving as managing director of the interdisciplinary University of Michigan Injury Center for six years. She has many years of experience managing successful projects in corporate roles, including serving as vice president of marketing communications for a large publishing company. Tina is available to help faculty engage with Precision Health, in addition to supporting all administrative and management functions.
Lori Robertson, Administrative Specialist
Lori brings to this position more than two decades’ administrative experience in hospital and health care settings. She holds a Professional Administrative Certification, Service Excellence Certification, and Six Sigma Certification. Her eclectic background includes experience working in human resources, scheduling, and administrative office management, as well as implementing cost-saving measures and streamlined processes. Most recently, Lori was lead Administrative Assistant, Senior, for the Oncology Clinical Trials Support Unit at U-M, where she had the opportunity to work with multiple teams within the Cancer Center and campus wide.
Frank Lobeck, PharmD, MSc, Director of Cohort Development
Frank is a clinical research executive with over 30 years of experience. Prior to joining Precision Health, Frank was at IQVIA and Optum, and also worked for Pfizer for 18 years in a variety of roles. Frank has been Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Oklahoma, with a mental health clinical pharmacy practice at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Frank earned his BS and PharmD at Wayne State University, completed a Psychopharmacy residency and research fellowship at University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received an MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Frank will expand and diversify enrollment in the Precision Health participant community, and keep this community engaged and informed. He will partner with other units to develop recruitment and consent tools and incorporate novel datastreams into the participant database.
Anastasia Yocum, PhD, Scientific Research Facilitator
After 10 years of generating high-throughput biomedical data, Anastasia turned her focus on to how to analyze, integrate, and transform diverse data into insights. Anastasia comes to U-M Precision Health after co-founding a bioinformatics CRO/ consulting group. Leading a group of bioinformaticians, Anastasia found her passion for facilitating life science research: translating the heavy statistical, computational, and data analytics processes to bench and clinical researchers, enabling and accelerating their research aims. Anastasia holds a BA from the University of Delaware, an MSE from Drexel University, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Cancer Pharmacology.
Anisa Driscoll, Scientific Research Facilitator
Anisa works with U-M Precision Health investigators across multiple disciplines. Prior to joining Precision Health, she managed and coordinated bio and data repositories at both the Rogel Cancer Center and Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Anisa completed her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and chemical biology at Wayne State University. She continues her education at Central Michigan University, working toward an MS in administration and project management. Anisa is enthusiastic about assisting collaborations that bridge the gap between researchers and U-M’s vast resources.
Anita Pandit, MS, Research Area Specialist Senior
Anita completed her undergraduate degree in statistics-mathematics at Rutgers University and her MS in biostatistics at the University of Michigan. Since then, she has worked as the primary analyst and study coordinator for Genes for Good, a large-scale genetics study conducted through social media. As part of her role, she has collaborated on GWAS analyses for various self-reported outcomes such as women’s health and pregnancy outcomes, gastrointestinal disorders, and behavioral traits. Her personal research interests are centered around integrating and highlighting minority populations in genetics research.
Cinzia Villanucci Smothers, M. Bioethics, Project Manager
Cinzia serves as Project Manager, with a focus on Precision Health’s Data Analytics & IT and Heath Implementation workgroups. Before joining Precision Health, Cinzia was in charge of engagement-related projects and programs at the University of Michigan Office of Academic Innovation. Prior to moving to Michigan, she worked in the Global Health and Population Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she coordinated research programs and broadly supported faculty research-related projects and activities in the area of health economics and demography. Cinzia has more than ten years of experience teaching residential as well as online courses in applied ethics, philosophy, and practical reasoning. Her education is grounded in philosophy and applied ethics and policy, with a Master’s degree in Bioethics from La Sapienza University in Rome, and a Master’s degree in Applied Philosophy from Bowling Green State University.
Clarissa Piatek, Communications Manager
Clarissa has worked in communications in the fields of healthcare, medical research, nonprofit, and retail, in addition to having experience at the University of Michigan. Her most recent position was communications specialist for Critical Path Institute, where she wrote about cross-disciplinary, cross-sector collaboration in advancing treatments and therapies, biomarker qualification, precision medicine, and data aggregation and standardization. Prior to that, she held a communications role in the Law School. Clarissa has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Emerson College. Clarissa manages the Precision Health communications portfolio, including newsletters, website, branding, events, and public relations.
Jessica Burris, CPA, Finance Manager
Jessica serves as the Finance Lead for both Precision Health and IHPI, and has gained experience in finance and accounting roles within University Financial Operations and Michigan Medicine Finance. She obtained her CPA license after graduating from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s in business administration. Jessica worked in the private sector performing financial statement and employee benefit plan audits of private schools and manufacturing and distribution clients until joining the University of Michigan in 2012. Jessica leads the day-to-day and strategic financial activities of Precision Health and is responsible for managing the operating budget under the direction of the managing director and leadership team.
Adrian Weyhing, Lead Application Programmer
Adrian has over twenty years of experience building complex software applications. His specialties range from clinical business analysis to development of large-scale messaging systems. He comes to Precision Health after nearly 10 years of leading software development for the University of Michigan Transplant Center. At Michigan Medicine, Adrian was instrumental in building EMR components. Previously, Adrian helped build two early-stage startup companies, as the architect and lead developer of real-time application sharing and an online support platform, and by developing applications to help grassroots political groups coordinate their messaging and efforts. Adrian has also developed data analysis applications for Goldman Sachs, and telephony applications for Northern Telecom. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Giovanni Siciliano, Application Programmer/Analyst Senior
Giovanni is an experienced software developer with over 14 years of experience working in the insurance industry. A strong and versatile engineering professional skilled in web, mainframe, and data warehousing technologies, Giovanni earned his BS in Computer Information Systems from Ferris State University. Giovanni will help implement technical solutions to Precision Health projects.
Justin Ortwine, Application Programmer/Analyst, Intermediate
Justin is an application programmer and database administrator who joins Precision Health from the Anesthesiology Department and DataDirect development team. After earning a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan, he later returned to Eastern Michigan University to study Computer Science. He now brings to Precision Health extensive knowledge of health IT systems and experience with developing and supporting databases and their related infrastructures.