Lisa Nanstat
Director, Foundation Relations
Industry & Foundation Relations

Lisa Nanstad is Director of Foundation Relations for Bioscience and Biomedical Research. Lisa has devoted her career to developing interdisciplinary bioscience research and education programs and expanding funding portfolios for major academic research centers and institutes at top R1 universities across the US. 

She joined the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016, as Director of Interdisciplinary Research at the BioFrontiers Institute, where she facilitated strategic program development and integration and developed collaborative interdisciplinary research teams and strategic partnerships.  Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Lisa served as Research Manager for the Center for Biomedical Informatics Research and the Center for Prevention Research at Stanford University Medical School (2013-2016), where she led a strategic expansion of each center’s funding portfolio, including developing and facilitating a team that was awarded an NIH U54 grant of $11M to establish the Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR).   As Assistant Dean at Washington University in St. Louis (2008-2013), Lisa led a strategic expansion of the Brown School, the top-ranked school of social work in the US, to develop and integrate the University’s first research and education programs in public health.  Prior to her work at WashU, Lisa led a strategic expansion of programs and facilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, where she was instrumental in bringing in the lead gift of $12M gift to support the William F. and Bettyjo Heckrodt Translational Research Tower, developing a cleanroom facility to manufacture phase I and phase II biologics for human clinical trials (the first of its kind in an academic institution), and facilitating the process that resulted in a leading role for the Center in the National Children’s Study, the largest long-term investigation of human health and development ever conducted in the US. 

Lisa earned a bachelor of arts in political science and English from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and went on to graduate school at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to study library and information science.  In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading about science, writing speculative fiction, knitting, running, and spending time with her family.