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Michelle Anne Birkett

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences and Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing
Director, CONNECT research program in Complex Systems and Health Disparities


Areas of Focus

  • Bias in big data
  • Network science
  • LGBT health disparities
  • Racial disparities in HIV
  • Social and contextual mechanisms of health


  • Network science – the study of social and behavioral ties between individuals and their relationship to health outcomes
  • LGBT health disparities – documenting and understanding why LGBT individuals show worse long-term health outcomes than heterosexual peers
  • Racial disparities in HIV – exploring the underlying causes of high rates of HIV in racial minorities that cannot be explained by individual factors alone
  • Social and contextual mechanisms of health – beyond individual level factors, the environmental factors that influence health outcomes on both the individual and population level, including neighborhood-level influences, racism, homophobia and more