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The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is a statewide partnership among Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame – all working together to improve health in Indiana through research. The Indiana CTSI has been continuously funded since 2008 by multi-million-dollar grants from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and is administratively managed by Indiana University through the IU School of Medicine.

Indiana CTSI Leadership


Carmel Egan, PhD
Chief Operating Officer

Geprge Wodicka, PhD

George Wodicka, PhD
Deputy Director
Purdue University campus

Melanie Deford

Melanie DeFord, MS
Deputy Director
Notre Dame campus

Jeff Zaleski

Jeff Zaleski, PhD
Deputy Director
IU Bloomington campus

Scott Denne

Scott Denne, MD
Deputy Director
IUPUI campus

Executive Strategy Team

The Indiana CTSI’s executive strategy team includes Sharon Moe, MD, Sarah Wiehe, MD, Carmel Egan, PhD, Scott Denne, MD, Tom Hurley, PhD, Peter Embi, MD, Aaron Carroll, MD, director of career development, education and research training programs at the Indiana CTSI; Rob Dimmitt, MBA, senior director of research administration and finance at the Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine; Christine Drury, associate director of research communications at the Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine; Joe Hunt, MPH, director of tracking and evaluation at the Indiana CTSI; Patricia McGuire, the Indiana CTSI’s education program manager; and Karin Davis, administrative director for the Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine Research Affairs.

University Leadership

Michael A. McRobbie
Indiana University

Mitch Daniels
Purdue University

Rev. John Jenkins
University of Notre Dame

Jay L. Hess
VP, Clinical Affairs
Indiana University

Fred H. Cate
VP, Research
Indiana University

Theresa Mayer
VP, Research
Purdue University

Robert J. Bernhard
VP, Research
University of Notre Dame

Additional Leadership

The Indiana CTSI is also guided by multiple advisory boards made up of scientific, business and community leaders and experts from across the state and the nation, including the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and its Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program.




David L. Johnson (Chair)
President and Chief Executive Officer

Steve Dubinett (Chair)
University of California, Los Angeles

Jay L. Hess 
Dean of Indiana University School of Medicine

Andrew Dahlem
Vice President and COO Emeritus
Lilly Research Laboratories

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola
University of California, Davis

Fred H. Cate (Co-chair)
Indiana University

Jamie Dananberg
Chief Medical Officer
Unity Biotechnology

Robert Dittus
Vanderbilt University

Theresa Mayer (Co-chair)
Purdue University

Dan Evans
CEO Emeritus
Indiana University Health

Cynthia Morris
Oregon Health & Science University

Robert J. Bernhard (Co-chair)
University of Notre Dame

Bruce Gingles
Vice President
Cook Medical

Philip Payne
Washington University in St. Louis

Harry L. Gonso
Ice Miller LLP

Harry Selker
Tufts University

Jay McGill
Indiana Biosciences Research Institute

Maureen Smith
University of Wisconsin

Dennis Murphy
Indiana University Health

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD
Founding Director Emeritus


N. Clay Robbins
Chairman, President and CEO
Lilly Endowment Inc.

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