Ronald J. Koenig, MD, PhD, Director of the MSTP
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes
Dr. Koenig is a graduate of Yale University (BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry) and the Rockefeller University - Cornell University Medical College MD/PhD program. Dr. Koenig undertook residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA. He has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 1988 and Director of the MSTP since 1995. Dr. Koenig is active in basic research, the clinical practice of endocrinology, and the teaching of medical and graduate students. Research in the Koenig lab focuses on thyroid cancer.
Catherine E. Keegan, MD, PhD, Associate Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics, and Associate Professor of Human Genetics
Dr. Keegan is a graduate of University of Michigan (BS in Cell and Molecular Biology) and the University of Michigan MSTP. Dr. Keegan undertook pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital in Boston and medical genetics fellowship training at the University of Michigan Medical School. She has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2002 and became Associate Director of the MSTP in 2012. Dr. Keegan is active in basic/translational research, the clinical practice of pediatric genetics, and the teaching of medical and graduate students. Research in the Keegan lab focuses on the role of telomere maintenance during development and mechanisms by which telomere dysfunction causes distinct phenotypes using mouse models with genetic defects in telomere proteins.
Donna M. Martin, MD, PhD, Associate Director
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics, Professor of Human Genetics, Director of the Medical Genetics Residency Program, and Donita B. Sullivan, MD Research Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Martin is a graduate of Michigan Technological University (BS in Mathematics and certificate in Foreign Language) and the University of Michigan Medical School and Neuroscience Program. Dr. Martin completed residency training in pediatrics and medical genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School. She has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2001 and was appointed Associate Director of the MSTP in 2012. Dr. Martin is active in basic/translational research, the clinical practice of medical genetics, and teaching medical and graduate students. Research in the Martin laboratory is focused on developmental disorders of the nervous system, including gene discovery and analysis of mouse models, with an emphasis on transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodeling.
Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD, Associate Director
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, and Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Dr. Merchant is a graduate of Stanford University (BS in Biology) and the Yale University MSTP. Dr. Merchant undertook an internal medicine residency and a research fellowship in gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and clinical fellowship training in gastroenterology at UCLA. She has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 1991 and Associate Director of the MSTP since 2008. Dr. Merchant is active in basic research, the clinical practice of gastroenterology, and the teaching of medical and graduate students. Her primary research interests include transcriptional control mechanisms regulating cell growth and differentiation and microbial-host interactions in the upper GI tract.
Ellen Elkin, Assistant Director
Ellen is responsible for the overall management of the MSTP Office and student services.
Hilkka Ketola, Financial Analyst
Hilkka is the MSTP's financial guru. She is responsible for all matters relating to student funding, payments, travel money, etc.
Laurie Koivupalo, Administrative Assistant
Laurie is responsible for administrative and secretarial duties for the MSTP. She is your primary contact during the Admissions process.