Dawn Misra is the Department Chair and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her research focuses on social and biomedical factors which may explain the increased risks of infants born to Black women.

Dr. Misra received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in epidemiology from Columbia University, and her M.H.S. in maternal and child health from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Misra held positions at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.


Dr. Misra’s approach to the study of perinatal health is broad and goes beyond epidemiology to include qualitative and health policy methodologies. Her team’s research focuses on racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes, including maternal outcomes, with an emphasis on understanding the role of racism and life course exposures. Newer threads within our research have considered the role of the father and how epigenetics may be a mechanism by which social factors impact outcomes.


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