Michele A Zacks, MS, PhD

UACC Research Development Office – Strategic Initiatives
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(520) 626-2280

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Professional Bio: 

Michele Zacks is a research development (aka grant) professional specializing in biomedical and life sciences – and for many years focused on international public health research. She is a multilingual scientific grant expert with >20 years of experience working with clinical (medical and veterinary) and basic science researchers in teaching hospitals, biotech, and pharma in North and South America. She has worked in laboratories focused on cancer immunotherapy, parasitology, and virology in roles that encompassed bench work, scientific writing (manuscripts, contract proposals, and grants), project management, and data management, analysis, and presentation, including leadership of federal and industry site visits.

Most recently, working in UA’s Office for Research & Discovery and at the Texas Heart Institute, she has provided strategic guidance on hundreds of grants, offering assistance in submission timeline development; writing and editing major parts of clinical, translational, and basic science grant applications to federal agencies and foundations. Successful awards to her faculty clientele, totaling >$36M in budget requests, have included multiple agencies / mechanisms across the funding landscape:  NIH (NIEHS/EPA P50; BRAIN R24; NCI UH2, P30, P30 Supplements, R41; NIBIB R21, NINDS R01), DoD (CDMRP: PRMRP, BCRP), USDA (NIFA-AFRI), NSF (Early CAREER), and NASA.

Academic Information

Doctorate: 
Molecular and Cellular Biology of Parasites, University of Texas Medical Branch
Master's Degree: 
Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health