The leadership if the 3i Initiative consists of a director and associate director, who oversee the day to day activities of the Initiative, and two committees, the Scientific Advisory Board and the Executive Committee. The duties and membership of these committees can be found on their charters


        Daniel Leung, MD                             Ryan O'Connell, PhD
       Associate Professor, Internal Medicine        Associate Professor, Pathology 


Associate Director

Nicole Frank, PhD
Associate Director, 3i Initiative


Executive Committee Chair

Brian D. Evavold, PhD
Division Chief
Division of Microbiology & Immunology 

Scientific Advisory Board

Anne Blaschke, MD, PhD, FAAP, FPIDS, FIDSA
Associate Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Micah Drummond, PhD
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Nels Elde, PhD
Associate Professor, Human Genetics 

Tracy Frech, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine 

Stephen Guthery, MD, MS
Professor, Pediatrics 

Tom Lane, PhD
Professor, Pathology  

Matt Rondina, MD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine 

June Round, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology  

Scott Summers, PhD
Department Chair, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology 
Professor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology 

Melodie Weller, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dentistry

Alana Welm, PhD
Associate Professor, Oncological Sciences 

Jaclyn Winter, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

Guy Zimmerman, MD
Associate Chair, Department of Medicine  
Professor, Internal Medicine 

Executive Committee

Alfred Cheung, MD
Professor and Chief, Internal Medicine - Nephrology

Michael Deininger, MD, PhD
Professor and Chief, Internal Medicine - Hematology/BMT

Sheri Holmen, PhD
Professor, Surgery

Robert Silver, MD
Professor and Chair, Obstetrics/Gynecology

Sankar Swaminathan, MD
Professor and Division Chief, Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

Wes Sundquist, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Co-Chair, Biochemistry

Karen Wilcox, PhD
Professor and Chair, Pharmacology and Toxicology


Contact Us

Daniel Leung, MD
Co-Director, 3i Initiative
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Email: daniel.leung@utah.edu

Ryan O'Connell, PhD
Co-Director, 3i Initiative
Professor, Pathology
Email: ryan.oconnell@path.utah.edu 

Nicole Frank, PhD
Associate Director, 3i Initiative
Vice President of Health Sciences Research Unit
Phone: 801-213-0644
Email: nicole.frank@hsc.utah.edu

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