Lisa Parker

portrait of lisa parkerResearch Administrator




Lisa works with IQ faculty (and their lab personnel) and MSU’s Sponsored Programs Administration to coordinate research funding through all phases of the process: identifying and responding to funding opportunities, finalizing awards, and ensuring compliance with award provisions. This includes but is not limited to review of solicitations, budget development and revision, contact with collaborators, transaction review, and assistance with reporting requirements. As part of this process, she ensures that effort for faculty and their lab personnel is associated with relevant accounts. Additionally, she helps faculty monitor other research funding such as gifts and start-up accounts. Lisa works closely with her counterpart Jon Wakeman who provides similar support for IQ faculty, which allows them to provide backup support for each other when necessary.


I have worked for MSU for over 30 years in various departments. I have been a Research Administrator for the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering since August 2019. I started at MSU as a student employee for the Library in the summer of 1988. I was then hired on in a full-time staff position and have worked for Chemistry, Teacher Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Lyman Briggs College and now IQ. I have received two bachelors degrees from Michigan State — one in anthropology and one in accounting.

I have a wonderful family consisting of my husband, daughter, and 2 crazy dogs. I am the treasurer of my daughter’s parent council and am heavily active in that organization. In my free time I enjoy reading, running, and crafting.