Since 2007, Margaret R. Gyetko, M.D. has served as the senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development in the Medical School. Dr. Gyetko is the senior advisor to the dean on faculty issues, and is responsible for oversight of the appointment, promotion and tenure processes. Under her leadership, the Medical School has developed a robust faculty development program designed to support the acquisition of skills in teaching and research to further the advancement of faculty careers.
Dr. Gyetko received her medical degree in 1981 from Michigan State University, completing both her residency (1982-84) and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine (1988) at the University of Michigan. She joined the U-M Medical School faculty in 1988.
Her clinical interests are focused on acute lung injury and immunologically mediated lung diseases, inflammatory lung diseases, and the role of lymphocyte populations in acute lung inflammation. Her research addresses lung inflammation and immune responses, with emphasis on the role of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA and the urokinase receptor (uPAR). Areas of investigation include the interaction of the uPA/uPAR system with cytokine networks, and the subsequent effects on immune and inflammatory responses; and the requirement for uPA/uPAR for leukocyte/lymphocyte activation and recruitment. Ongoing work in the laboratory investigates the uPA/uPAR system on the molecular and biochemical levels using both in vitro and in vivo models, including transgenic murine models.
Dr. Gyetko’s outstanding credentials in faculty affairs administration include seven years of service as the Department of Internal Medicine’s associate chair for faculty affairs. Her commitment to addressing faculty issues includes service from 2002-04 as chair of the Medical School’s Task Force to Evaluate the Instructional Track. At the University level, she was a member of the Gender in Science and Engineering Committee and currently serves on the Committee to Consider a More Flexible Tenure Probationary Period.