Elyse Aurbach

Public Engagement Lead

Role: Elyse is the Office of Academic Innovation’s Public Engagement Lead. In this role, she develops and manages programs to optimize and reimagine dialogue models of engagement. Academic Innovation’s public engagement efforts include the Teach-Out series, the Youth Civil Rights Academy, consultations with scholars about new models for public engagement, and other emerging projects. In leading Academic Innovation’s part of University of Michigan’s strategic initiative for public engagement, Elyse also fosters collaborations with groups across the university.

Experience: Prior to joining the Academic Innovation team, Elyse pursued a double-life as a scientist studying the neurobiological underpinnings of major depression and leading a number of projects to improve science communication and public engagement. These included developing and teaching communication courses with Michigan Medicine, leading the Teach-Out “Stand Up for Science: Practical Approaches to Discussing Science that Matters,” and Co-Bossing with Nerd Nite Ann Arbor. She is also a co-founder and former director of RELATE, a science communication and public engagement organization. Elyse was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a finalist for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.


Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience, University of Michigan
Master of Science in Neuroscience, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Sciences, Rice University