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Michele Mekel

by Betsy VanNoy Oct 23, 2019
Michele Mekel

Assistant Director, Bioethics Program

Assistant Teaching Professor of Bioethics

332 Pond Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802


  1. B.J., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, 1992
  2. J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 2002
  3. MHA, University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Medicine, Health Management and Informatics, 2003
  4. MBA, University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Business, 2003


Michele L. Mekel is the assistant director of the intercollege Bioethics Program at Penn State University. She is also a teaching professor of bioethics and an affiliate faculty member of the Rock Ethics Institute.

Working at the nexus of health care, law, policy, ethics, and education, Mekel has served as: a law professor, an undergraduate instructor in Southeast Asia, the executive administrator of academic-based bioethics programs, a health law and policy programming organizer, a health plan compliance and planning officer, a hospital association manager, a law clerk to the Missouri Supreme Court, and a Fulbright scholar. In addition, she has experience as a journal editor, and as the head of external affairs, communications, alumni relations, and events for a law school. Mekel has written an array of academic journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at numerous conferences, symposia, and trainings.