Dr. Margit Burmeister Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Bioinformatics

ANN ARBOR, MI, April 23, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Dr. Margit Burmeister has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Supported by decades of practiced expertise, Dr. Burmeister serves as an associate chair for education and professor of computational medicine and bioinformatics and research professor at the Michigan Neuroscience Institute for the University of Michigan, where she also works as an affiliate for Global Reach, the director of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program, a professor of psychiatry and human genetics, and a research professor for the University’s Michigan Neuroscience Institute. Throughout the course of her career, she has obtained millions dollars in grants through the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and through such organizations as the National Ataxia Foundation, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD) and through internal funding between the University of Michigan and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Peking University Health Science Center Joint Institutes. She has conducted research that led to the identification of more than a dozen genes involved in ataxia, deafness and other rare disorders, and findings of gene x environment interactions in the etiology of addictions and depression. Additionally, Dr. Burmeister has mentored undergraduate, graduate and medical students, residents, as well as junior faculty and visitors from many countries across the world such as China and Pakistan.

During the early stages of her career, Dr. Burmeister maintained involvement with the University of Michigan as an associate and assistant professor of psychiatry and human genetics, and an assistant research scientist and research associate professor for the University’s Mental Health Research Institute (now Neuroscience Institute). She has also provided her extensive knowledge to the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), Ruprecht Karl’s University of Heidelberg, the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. Though her career has been suffused with highlights, Dr. Burmeister is especially proud to have participated in the Human Genome Meeting in Berlin as a PhD student, during which she presented to a large audience for the first time.

While pursuing her career, Dr. Burmeister earned a master’s degree in biochemistry from the Free University in Berlin with thesis work performed at the Weizmann Institute of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Ruprecht Karl’s University of Heidelberg for thesis work at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg. She retains her professional alignment with the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics and the American Society of Human Genetics. She previously affiliated herself with the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the International Mammalian Genome Society, the Human Genome Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dedicated to the field, Dr. Burmeister has contributed prolifically to the general public through the National Ataxia Foundation, Women as Community Leaders, Meizhou College, and various Detroit area schools.

With a plethora of knowledge at her disposal, Dr. Burmeister serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Brain and Behavior, Frontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics, Frontiers in Psychiatry, the International Journal of Neuropsychiatric Genetics and the Open Genetics Journal, to name only a few. Additionally, she has contributed various articles to more than 120 publications. To wit, they include “Radiation hybrid mapping: a somatic cell genetic method for constructing high-resolution maps of mammalian chromosomes,” “The serotonin transporter promoter variant, stress, and depression meta-analysis revisited: evidence of genetic moderation” and “Mutations in VPS13D lead to a new recessice ataxia with spasticity and mitochondrial defect.”

In recognition of her outstanding body of work, Dr. Burmeister received fellowships through the German Israel Exchange and the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchill Cancer Research Fund, the Young Independent and Distingusihed Investigator Awards through NARSAD on numerous occasions, and the Michael Weston Visiting Professorship through the Weizmann Institute of Science. Likewise, she won the MBNI Teaching Award from the Endowment for the Basic Sciences in 2016 and Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships for Sabbaticals in 1999 and 2018. Professional publications such as Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who of American Women have also honored her for her work. Looking toward the future, Dr. Burmeister intends to continue mentoring the next generation of biomedical researchers that will need to be trained in computation and biomedical data science.

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