Dr. Marilee Benore Homepage

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: http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/201410/Perspectives/StudyAbroad/


Research: Riboflavin Binding Protein
LabTV: LabTV is an interactive tool that teaches theory by description and examples, and demonstrates real techniques in a visual video format. While this method is commonly used in other areas, it has not yet been developed for undergraduate training in this area. We have partially developed this tool, and would like to complete and evaluate a prototype.