Dorene S. Markel to retire after nearly 40 years at Michigan Medicine

June 6, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones
Dorene S. Markel

After nearly 40 years of service to U-M, Dorene S. Markel will retire on June 30. Dorene began her career at U-M in 1982, initially as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. James V. Neel. In 1984, she joined the Department of Neurology, notably becoming the first genetic counselor to be employed by U-M. In this role, she helped create one of the first genetic testing programs for Huntington’s Disease in the country. 

Her career then led to work with Dr. Francis Collins at the U-M Human Genome Center, where she eventually became the Director of the Center’s Human Studies Core. Years later, she became the Administrative Director of the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). In 2001, Dorene became the founding Administrative Director of the Center for the Advancement of Clinical Research (CACR), which evolved into the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) under her leadership.

Dorene then undertook leading the Brehm Center, where, among many responsibilities, she provided guidance to the national Brehm Coalition of scientists engaged in type 1 diabetes research, and played a leading role in the establishment and the facilitation of the newly established Caswell Diabetes Institute, where she served as the founding managing director, while also an Asst. Research Scientist for the Dept. of Learning Health Sciences.

Highlights from Dorene’s main accomplishments include the development of U-M’s clinical and translational research infrastructure, the development of new and novel programs and centers, the mentoring of over 100 undergraduate and medical school Brehm Scholars, and sharing her expertise in the ethical, legal, and societal issues of genetic research as a valued member of the Medical School IRB.

Dorene has contributed to the health system in countless ways, and she will be remembered for her commitment to advancing team science through her service and actions.

Please join us in thanking and congratulating Dorene for her years of dedicated and committed service, her hard work and perseverance, and, most importantly, her friendship.

A reception will be held on Friday, June 10, from 4-6 p.m. at the Kellogg Eye Center, 5th Floor Brehm Tower, 1000 Wall Street, Ann Arbor.