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anil-menon-phd  Anil Menon, PhD

  Program Director | (513) 558-5534

  PhD: University of Cincinnati
  Post-Doc: Harvard University


Dr. Menon is a molecular geneticist by training and has a special interest in human genetics, human health, wellness, and human disease.  He was a member of the team that identified the genes for two different cancer syndromes and, more recently, is one of the founding members of the medical sciences program.  His interests outside science include philosophy, education, classic rock, and motorcycles. 




 David Wieczorek, PhD

 Director of Admissions | (513) 558-0058

 PhD: Rutgers University
 MS: Rutgers University
 BA: University of California, Berkeley


Dr. Wieczorek is a molecular geneticist whose research focuses is on understanding cardiac function and disease.  More specifically, he explores the molecular pathways in the development of hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathies.  He teaches in the Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics course and the Human Medical Genetics course.  Outside of work, he enjoys reading and cooking, especially preparing the vegetables that he grows in his garden.



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 David Askew, PhD

 Director of Community Service Experiences | (513) 558-2395

 PhD: University of British Columbia
 BSc: University of British Columbia


As a microbiologist, Dr. Askew is fascinated with the entire microbial world and has a lab dedicated to understanding how some species of fungi cause human disease. His unplaceable accent is a result of living in three countries: England, Canada, and the United States. He’s a big fan of cooking and enjoys studying Italian and French. Each fall, Dr. Askew leads undergraduate students on a study tour to Paris, France where they visit the Institut Pasteur and get to know the city.

“In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur



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 Bryan Mackenzie, PhD

 Director of Research Experiences | (513) 558-3627

 PhD: University of Dundee
 BSc: University of Aberdeen



A physiologist, Dr. Mackenzie was educated in Scotland and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA and Harvard. Dr. Mackenzie’s research program revolves around iron transport and homeostasis—the processes by which the human body regulates systemic iron levels to ensure a sufficient supply for red-blood cell production and other vital roles that iron plays. Iron deficiency is the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency worldwide. Meanwhile, several common hereditary conditions (including hereditary hemochromatosis and beta-thalassemia) are associated with iron overload, which leads to toxic damage to vital organs. Research in the Mackenzie lab is focused on the molecular physiology of iron transporters (DMT1, ferroportin, ZIP14) that are responsible for iron absorption, iron uptake into specific cell types, and iron recycling from aging red-blood cells. These transporters are potential drug targets for the treatment of iron disorders. Work in the Mackenzie Lab utilizes transport assays in RNA-injected Xenopus oocytes expressing iron transporters, and examining iron transport and homeostasis in genetically modified mouse models. Dr. Mackenzie oversees undergraduate research experiences for MSBP students who have access to cutting-edge biomedical research labs at UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He directs the Biomedical Research Rotation course, the two-semester senior Biomedical Research Capstone course, and Statistics & Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Mackenzie is the deputy editor-in-chief of Advances in Physiology Education, a leading international journal that promotes and disseminates educational scholarship in order to enhance teaching and learning of physiology and medical sciences.  




 Terry Kirley, PhD

 Co-Director of Curriculum | (513) 558-2353

 PhD: University of Cincinnati
 MS: University of Cincinnati
 BS: University of Cincinnati


Dr. Kirley's laboratory is currently collaborating on a therapeutic anti-cocaine antibody project with the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Norman.  We have characterized the post-translational modifications and analyzed the heterogeneity of this monoclonal antibody, as well as developed methods for generation and purification of antibody fragments, including the therapeutically relevant Fab fragment.  We also developed fluorescence quenching methods to measure binding affinities of the antibody and its fragments for cocaine and its metabolites and derivatives.  We are currently characterizing the stability of the intact antibody, crystalizing the Fab fragment, and determining the protein and glycan heterogeneities and post-translational modifications of this monoclonal antibody to seek FDA approval for human clinical trials.




 Michael Lieberman, PhD

 Co-Director of Curriculum | (513) 558-5645

 PhD: Brandeis University


Dr. Lieberman grew up on the east coast – born in New York City and raised outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Lieberman did a post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, had his first faculty position at the Harvard School of Public Health, and came to UC College of Medicine in 1983. While at UC, Dr. Lieberman has served as the Dean of Instructional Computing, the Interim VP and CIO of the University, and is now the Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology.




 Kevin Haworth, PhD

 Director of Data and Analytics | (513) 558-3536

 PhD: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
 MS: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
 BS: Truman State University


Having always enjoyed science and teaching, Dr. Haworth went to college with the goal to become a high school physics teacher. He ended up loving his physics classes so much he continued on to a PhD. With a dual interest in research, Dr. Haworth got his degree in applied physics while doing research in a radiology department. At UC, Dr. Haworth enjoys working in a clinical department (Internal Medicine- Cardiology) where he pursues interdisciplinary research and brings a unique perspective into the classroom. Outside of the lab, Dr. Haworth spends time with his wife and two young girls. He’s a big Michigan Wolverine sports fan and enjoys downhill skiing and trail running.

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I am doing.” - Wernher von Braun




 Tyler Swanson, BA

 Assistant Director of Admissions | (513) 558-7650

 BA: Xavier University


Tyler grew up in the city of Cincinnati and currently resides in Mount Lookout where he often frequents local coffee shops. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Xavier University. Tyler spent four years working in Xavier’s Admissions office as a student ambassador and loved it so much that he decided to become an Admissions Counselor. He's a Netflix watcher and a dog lover. Tyler's a strong believer in advocating for the needs of others and making sure everyone has a seat at the table. Outside of the daily duties, he enjoys running, getting together with friends from college, and spending time with family.

“You are capable of more than you know. Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.” - Felix H.




 Shawn Adkins, Ed.S, MS

 Assistant Director of Student Affairs| (513) 558-9897

 Ed.S: Fort Hays State University 
 MS: Indiana Wesleyan University
 BA: Berea College

Shawn grew up in rural Appalachia in Brown County, Ohio where his family still resides, but has spent most of his adulthood in Cincinnati. He attended Berea College, the first interracial/co-educational higher learning institution in the South, where he majored in Political Science, served as SGA President, and worked in the Admissions office as a student ambassador. Upon graduation, Shawn spent 12 years working in the insurance industry before finding his way back to the higher education field he had long missed. Shawn is currently pursuing his Ed.D degree in Educational Practice and Leadership from the University of North Dakota. In his spare time, he is an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, is a singer, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family". - Kofi Annan




 Michele Glassmeyer

 Educational Adviser | (513) 558-7333


Michele grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati. She was a student athlete most of her life and still enjoys athletics. Previously, Michele worked at Cincinnati Children’s in several divisions including Graduate Medical Education where she found her passion for higher education. She is a self-proclaimed DIY'er and enjoys working on projects in her free time. Michele also enjoys walking her dogs and spending time with friends and family.

“Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world.” - Oprah Winfrey



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 Jenny Benkert

 Senior Academic Advisor, Medical Sciences | (513) 558-7333


Jenny grew up in southeastern Wisconsin, where most of her family still resides. She attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, where she enjoyed competing as a NCAA student-athlete in basketball (1 year) and cross country and track and field (4 years). Upon graduating, she competed professionally with a post-collegiate Olympic development program sponsored by Brooks Running, Inc., in Michigan. Following a decision to end her professional running career, Jenny pursued her Masters in Higher Education Leadership and Athletic Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she also helped coach the cross country and track and field teams. She found her way to the University of Cincinnati in 2019, working in Student-Athlete Support Services for two years, and she looks forward to calling Cincinnati home for the foreseeable future. She’s passionate about helping/empowering students to be at their best in all facets of their lives. In her spare time, Jenny still enjoys running half and full marathons, as well as weight lifting, yoga, coffee, traveling, watching sports (go Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Bearcats!), and spending time with friends and family (including her fiancé Mike, who’s a Cincinnati native).

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown





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Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670552
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0552

Mail Location: 0552
Phone: 513-558-7650