STEP Advisory Committee

The Program Director, Dr. Santiago Schnell, chairs the Advisory Committee. The program co-Directors (Drs. Ormond MacDougald and Bishr Omary) are also members of the committee. We are very fortunate to be able to have an outstanding committee of faculty members from outside the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology to help monitor the program and to provide input and visibility at the level of the University of Michigan and elsewhere.

The program committee members are:

John Carethers, MD

John Carethers

Dr. Carethers is the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a gastroenterologist and an accomplished physician scientist investigator in the field of colorectal cancer research. He will serve as an exemplary role model to the students and an advisor to our training program. His academic success story, coming from an African American family of more than 10 children and having to face multiple challenges, is something one might see only in the movies. This is why his lectures are among the most stimulating of our summer lecture series.

Robert K Dearth

Robert Dearth

Dr. Dearth is director of the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Undergraduate Training Program at the University of Texas Pan American. He is an expert in preparing and placing underrepresented minority in research intensive biomedical programs across the country. His experiences are vital to achieving our programmatic goal of increasing the number of our underrepresented students in science. 

John Del Valle

Dr. Del Valle provides an outstanding training perspective given his role as Senior Associate Chair of Graduate Medical Education at University of Michigan Medical School. He will also provide invaluable feedback in training our engineering and computational science students in gastroenterology research and the specialty at large, given his national stature in education and training as director of the residency program at the University of Michigan Medical School for more than 20 years.

Mary O'Riordan

Mary O’Riordian

Dr. Mary O’Riodian provides her educational and training expertise in her role as Director of the University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences, which is the interdisciplinary gateway to 14 doctoral programs at the University of Michigan. Her primary academic home is in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

David Sept

David Sept

Dr. Sept is the Associate Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a leader in the fields of computer science and structural biology/biochemistry. He disseminates information about our program to computer science and chemical engineering students and provides feedback on the training of engineers. Dr. Sept assists with recruitment of a diverse group of highly trained undergraduate students through a partnership with Wayne County Community College District. Dr. Sept also provides advice in training engineering students.

Lonnie Shea

Lonnie Shea

Dr. Shea is the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is an important asset because of his current new administrative role. Dr. Shea, together with Dr. Sept, provides advice in the training of engineering students.