ognition for accomplishments in public health and improving the health for children in Tennessee. She has an M.D. from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and an M.A. in health planning and administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Michelle Williams is professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Her areas of expertise are reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. Her current research involves identifying genetic and nongenetic biological markers of placental pathology and relating those markers to potentially modifiable exogenous risk factors of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preterm delivery, abruptio placentae, pregnancy-induced hypertension (preeclampsia), and gestational diabetes. As codirector of the Center for Perinatal Studies at Swedish Medical Center, her current research includes both clinical epidemiological studies, such as assessment of prenatal screening protocols for diagnosing birth defects and infant chromosomal abnormalities. She is director of the university’s Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program, which provides research training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. She has a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.S. from Tufts University and S.M. and Sc.D. degrees from Harvard University.

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