Dr. Michelle Kirtley is the Consultant on Bioethics and Public Policy at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. Prior to joining CBHD, Michelle worked for six years on Capitol Hill for Congressman Dave Weldon, MD (R-FL) and Congressman John Fleming, MD (R-LA), serving as a science and health policy advisor.
During her tenure with Congressman Weldon, she was responsible for overseeing the Congressman’s legislative efforts in biotechnology policy. During the healthcare reform debates of 2009-2010, Michelle advised Congressman Fleming on his legislative and communications strategy, drafting alternative healthcare reform proposals, speeches, opinion editorials, and constituent communications.
Michelle completed her doctorate in cell biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004) and her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Princeton University (1996). She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she also serves on the Board of Samaritan Health Center, a private, Christian health clinic for low-income and uninsured residents of the Research Triangle in North Carolina. She is a former Trustee of the Center for Public Justice and also serves as a CPJ fellow.