Michelle Benson

Roles and Responsibilities

Michelle Benson is the Assistant Director for Research Integrity and Compliance. Her work focuses on promoting research and data integrity through various workshops and trainings, research group consultations and development of resources to aid in the conduct of research. She also works on matters concerning conflict-of-interest and research misconduct.


Dr. Benson has a Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation focused on heterogenous catalysis by developing new surface functionalization techniques on nanoscale metal oxides. In addition to her research at UW-Madison, Dr. Benson also worked with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation on projects involving outreach, technology transfer, and research collaboration. Before coming to Columbia in January 2014, Dr. Benson was an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate chemistry to science majors and nursing students.