Marilee Benore is a Professor of Biochemistry and Biology in the Natural Sciences
Department at the University of Michigan Dearborn. Her BA in chemistry and AA in
Psychology were awarded from Thomas More College (KY) in 1979, and she earned
a PhD from the University of Delaware in 1986.
At the University of Michigan-Dearborn, she specializes in teaching biochemistry
and incorporating research into the classroom, as well as teaching courses that
intersect foundational areas. Courses include Introductory Biology and lab,
Biochemistry and lab, Gender in Science and Engineering, and Diversity in
Healthcare. She has also co-taught classes in Gender Studies, and Receptors.
Recognized as a leader in biochemistry education reform, she works with the
ASBMB on efforts to develop concepts that define student learning. She has served
as the National Director of the ASBMB student chapters, a co-chair of the
undergraduate poster session, the Editor of the newsletter, and has co-published a
lab manual Fundamental Laboratory Approaches in Biochemistry and Biotechnology
(FLABBe2) with Ninfa and Ballou.
Her lab research is in collaboration with Professor Sheila Smith. Aided by numerous
undergraduates, she investigates vitamin transport using Riboflavin Binding Protein
(RBP) in the hen as a model. RBP’s structure/function, copper binding and gene
regulation are being characterized. A natural mutant flock, unable to synthesize the
protein, is part of the lab responsibility and housed at a local university. Outreach
activities to K-12 students, using the eggs and vitamin transport experiments, is a
fundamental part of the lab mission.
In addition to lab work, she is active in increasing the participation of women and
minorities in STEM fields. She has won awards for mentoring, and is co-chair of the
UMICH Academic Women’s Caucus Sarah Goddard Power Award Committee. She
was Director of Women in Learning and Leadership. As former Associate Dean of
the College at UM- Dearborn, she oversaw College-Wide programs, advising, IT,
online learning, First Year Seminars, and program reviews.
The photo is from her trip with study abroad students in 2014. Read about it here: