Maria Stieve

Program Manager| Center for RNA Biomedicine.

Maria comes to the Center with a background in fundraising and communications. She has been with the University of Michigan since finish her undergrad in English at LSA in 2008. She also holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Marsal family School of Education.

Her primary role will be fundraising and development for the center. If you have any questions about the Center please email Maria Stieve at


Paul Avedisian

Public Relations Specialist | Center for RNA Biomedicine.

A native of Michigan, Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Hope College and went on to complete one year of graduate school at the Manhattan School of Music before pursuing a successful career in performing arts, hospitality, and higher education.
Paul joins the team directly from his recent appointments at the University of California, Riverside, and previously College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, and will be primarily responsible for communications and public relations.
If you have any questions about the Center, please email Paul Avedisian at



Allison Kintz

Administrative Coordinator | Center for RNA Biomedicine.

She received her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2006 and has been working in higher education for the past 10 years as an event coordinator/administrative assistant. She coordinates the Center’s communications, collaborations, seminars & events. If you have any questions about the Center please email Allison Kintz at