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Michelle L. Wright


Assistant Professor

The University of Texas at Austin

Michelle Wright is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing and Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health.

Dr. Wright’s vision for the future is to generate new knowledge through the use of omic-based measures that nurses can use to better assess and intervene to improve health outcomes. Her established program of research on the influence of social stress on health outcomes has led to 30 publications with over 500 citations. Her sustained significant contributions to nursing research is evidenced by her work on federally-funded projects, and as recipient of a K01 by the National Institutes of Health, Rising Stars Award and Health Scholar awardee by the Aspen Ideas Festival. Dr. Wright’s unique contributions to nursing have been recognized internationally as an invited speaker at the International Society for Nurses in Genetics, Sigma Theta Tau International, and Collaborative on Health and the Environment. Her ability to articulate the significance of omic-based research for guiding clinical practice has paved new opportunities for nurse researchers and interdisciplinary partnerships. Her work has been cited as support for UNICEF’s recommendations to encourage normal birth and incorporated into a policy brief for newborn screening.

Dr. Wright earned her BS in Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry from Western Michigan University, MS and RN from DePaul University, PhD from the University of North Dakota, and completed Postdoctoral Fellowships at Virginia Common Wealth University and Yale University.

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