Scientific Applications Team Biographies

Meet the Scientific Applications Team

The Scientific Application team is a small group of individuals with backgrounds the medical profession and preclinical research field. This group works closely with a number of departments at DSI to assist in achieving a higher level of application knowledge and confidence in DSI solutions. Likewise, the team works with scientists to better understand the research environment, its approaches, and challenges. Working with key opinion leaders, this team is available to refine and suggest new application approaches, study design, and cross-discipline initiatives. In an ever-changing industry, DSI believes that science should be the primary driver for the development of new products, services, and solutions. Collaboration that benefits research interests globally is a primary objective. Often representing DSI at scientific meetings, individual face-to-face meetings at research facilities are taking place as well. Be on the lookout, as your local Sales Representative may have an opportunity to introduce you to a member of this team. 

Mike Girand, Manager, Scientific Applications and Field Marketing, MBA, BS. 

Since joining DSI in 2007, responsibilities have included product management, technical and application support, and sales. Prior to DSI, Mike was a Research Scientist and Study Director at Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis and Pfizer in Ann Arbor, MI for 12 years. While there, he had the opportunity to work in a variety of departments including Cardiovascular Pharmacology, General Toxicology, and Safety Pharmacology. Mike received his undergraduate degree in Zoology at Michigan State University and completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix.

His areas of interest include respiratory and cardiovascular hardwired applications.


Jami Burkhardt, Associate Market Manger, RN.

Jami is an Associate Market Manager and started with DSI in 2011. Before joining the Scientific Applications group in 2018, Jami attended St. Catherine University where she received her RN degree and currently holds a nursing license in the state of Minnesota. As part of the team, Jami is responsible for strategy and execution of DSI’s major scientific meetings. In addition, she is focused on connecting with customers to better understand their needs, while also identifying current and new applications that researchers can utilize to get the most out of their research.


Jami’s areas of interest include the cardiovascular and renal systems, and novel areas of research.