Adjunct Professor of Law
Michele Mekel is the SIH-SIU Health Law & Policy Programming Director, and she teaches in areas at the nexus of health policy, bioethics, and law.
With experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels, she has taught at Southern Illinois University, Drake University, and Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. She also has served as the executive director of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, and associate director of the Center on Nanotechnology and Society—both at Chicago-Kent College of Law; a Fulbright Fellow at Queen’s University Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in Canada; a compliance officer and corporate planner for a health maintenance organization; and a director of a healthcare association. As an attorney licensed in Illinois and Missouri, Ms. Mekel clerked for the Missouri Supreme Court.
Her academic portfolio contains a number of legal and bioethics-oriented publications and presentations. She is the former editor of The Journal of Legal Medicine.
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Ms. Mekel earned a juris doctor (graduating Order of the Coif), a master’s of health administration, a master’s of business administration, and a bachelor’s of journalism. During law school, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Law Review.