Program Governance

Lois Brako

Number of Years in Research Administration: 25

Institutions: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Missouri-St. Louis,


Lois Brako, Ph.D., currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Research–Regulatory and Compliance Oversight, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her responsibilities include coordinating activities related to the development and modification of campus-wide research policies and procedures and strategic planning for regulatory compliance oversight. 


At U-M, she is the Director of U-M’s Human Research Protections Program, which spans three IRB Offices and eight IRBs, with oversight of more than 6,500 projects.  Lois co-chairs the Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, oversees conflict of interest review and management, serves as a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Laboratory and Research Safety Committee, and is a consultant to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.  She also has oversight responsibilities for export control regulations, research data security, responsible conduct of research training, and serves as a member of U-M’s Leadership team for electronic information system.  For all these activities, Lois strives to streamline processes and reduce administrative burden while maintaining high standards for compliance.


At a national level, Lois serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Governmental Relations and as a member of the Research Regulatory Reform Committee.  She is former chair of the PRIM&R’s Knowledge Center Advisory Committee and is a regular presenter at the Advancing Ethical Research conference.  From 2009-2015 she served as the co-chair for the Federal Demonstration Partnership’s Human Subject Subcommittee.  


Lois began her career in research administration in 1991 when she was hired as a grants and contracts specialist in the Office of Research Service at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and held an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching appointment in the Department of Biology.  From 1992-1997 Lois served as Director of Research Service at UMSL, with oversight responsibilities for all pre- and post-award administrative functions and regulatory compliance committees.  In 1997, she moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was appointed Assistant Dean in the Graduate School and Office of Sponsored Projects.  In 2001, Lois transitioned to U-W’s Office of Research Policy to focus on oversight of regulatory compliance.  During her years at UMSL and UW-Madison she was an active NCURA and SRA.  She moved to the University of Michigan in 2005.


Prior to her research administration career, Lois worked in research positions for the USDA and the Missouri Botanical Garden.  She has published two books, numerous scientific papers, and served as a peer reviewer for NSF.


Lois completed her Ph.D. in biology at the City University of New York, a Master’s of Science degree at the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Queens College.   

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