Michelle McMurry Heath, Ph.D., 1998 Graduate Fellow

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D./Ph.D. is the Director of the Health, Biomedical Science and Society Policy Program and the Aspen Health Forum at the Aspen Institute. 

Dr. McMurry received her undergraduate education in biochemistry at Harvard University,  She later went on to become the first African-American to receive an M.D. and Ph.D. at Duke University with a grant from the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program.  Her research focused on the role of the regulation of chromatin structure and gene recombination in the immune system. Dr. McMurry-Heath trained in pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., was an adjunct MacAurthur Fellow in Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science Policy Fellow, and is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University.  She is considered an expert in biomedical research funding policies, health care disparities and global health inequities.

Dr. McMurry was awarded a 1998 UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship while she was engaged in her graduate work at Duke University in the Department of Immunology under Dr. Michael Krangel.  She has been a great mentor and supporter of the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative since becoming a UNCF/Merck Fellow.