I use markdown in my analysis reports and for my research log. When I was thinking of putting up a more official looking public profile page, I found myself thinking of using markdown to create my profile page on ASU web site. While Markdown is convenient in generating HTML, it is not really suited for anything more involved than a single web page.
Here Jemdoc comes to the rescue. With a syntax similar to markdown, Jemdoc eases creating web sites with multiple pages and a common menu thread. All you have to do is create a bunch of .jemdoc files for each page and a menu file. Then use jemdoc.py to turn them into proper HTML web pages. The results are perfect for academic profile pages, simple and efficient.
See here for my jemdoc page: http://www.public.asu.edu/~ikanat/