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Dr. Michelle Mynlieff has been a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University for 24 years. She received a bachelor of arts in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University in 1983 and a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1988. This was followed by postdoctoral training in physiology at Colorado State University prior to joining the faculty at Marquette in 1993.
During her time at Marquette University, Mynlieff has served on a wide variety of departmental, college and university committees. This includes chairing numerous committees within the department such as the Graduate Recruitment Committee and the Graduate Affairs Committee, as well as serving for six years as the undergraduate program assessment leader. Among other things, Mynlieff has served on the Klingler Arts and Sciences Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee, the Core Curriculum Review Committee, Committee on Faculty, and the Faculty Council. For the past two years Mynlieff has served as the inaugural academic integrity director for the university, overseeing all cases of academic misconduct across all colleges, with the exception of the Law School and School of Dentistry.
Current research in the Mynlieff laboratory is elucidating how neuronal excitability is regulated in the brains of pre-term and newborn infants. Understanding the normal excitability is critical in designing new treatments for seizures in infants since they are resistant to current treatments. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Mynlieff has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes ranging from large introductory lectures to a small upper-division laboratory course. In 2007 Mynlieff was appointed as a National Academies of Science Education Fellow. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education.