Ronald J. Koenig, MD, PhD, Director
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.
Suzy Dawid, MD, PhD, Associate Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Dawid obtained a BA in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology from University of Colorado-Boulder and an MD/PhD from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Dawid completed residency/fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has been on faculty at here since 2008 and holds joint appointments with the departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology. She has been an MSTP operating committee member since 2017 and an Associate Director since 2018. Dr. Dawid is actively involved in the clinical care of pediatric patients with suspected or confirmed infectious diseases. Her research group focuses on inter-bacterial interactions that promote bacterial survival and adaptation using the pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae, as a model organism.
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 here since 2002 and became an 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.
Goutham Narla, MD, PhD, Associate Director
Division Chief of Genetic Medicine and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Narla earned a BS from Santa Clara University in California and an MD/PhD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He also completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Medical Genetics at Mount Sinai. Following fellowship, he worked at Case Western Reserve University as an Associate Professor. In 2018, he joined Michigan Medicine as Division Chief of Genetic Medicine. Dr. Narla's current research focuses on the identification and characterization of the key negative regulators, tumor suppressor proteins, cancer development and progression, and the development of small molecule-based therapies that activate tumor suppressor genes for cancer treatment.
Justine Hein, Assistant Director
Justine 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.