Dr. Donna Martin has been appointed as the Director of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism & Genomic Medicine, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Martin is the Donita B. Sullivan, M.D. Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, the Director of the Medical Genetics Residency Program and the Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).
Dr. Martin completed her B.S. from Michigan Technological University and obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She followed with medical school, a Pediatric Residency and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Medical Genetics, all at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Martin's laboratory is investigating the genetic mechanisms that give rise to the inner ear abnormalities found in children diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome, a congenital syndrome characterized by ear, heart, eye and cranial-facial defects. In particular, Dr. Martin is studying the Chd7 gene which is known to be mutated in CHARGE syndrome.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Martin on her appointment as Director of the Division of Pediatric Genetics.
The Department would also like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Innis for the leadership and insight he provided in directing this division since 2003. Under his leadership many important initiatives have occurred including substantial faculty expansion, development of the MMGL laboratories and numerous new clinical and research programs many of which have represented interdisciplinary initiatives with other divisions in the department and collaborations with the Departments of Human Genetics, Internal Medicine, Pathology and Ophthalmology.