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Faculty Experts

Michael Yudell, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention

School of Public Health

Expertise:

autism

public health

Yudell is a researcher in the fields of ethics, genomics and the history of public health. His work focuses on the history, risk communication and ethics of autism spectrum disorders, as well as emergency preparedness, vaccines and the history of the race concept in biology.

He is currently writing a book about the history of autism, has a book forthcoming on the history of the race concept in biology and has previously published two books on the mapping of the human genome.


For news media inquiries, contact Frank Otto at fmo26@drexel.edu or 215.571.4244.

In the News

  • Race and its Role in Medical Research

    Michael Yudell, PhD, associate professor and chair of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health, was interviewed in a March 1 “Radio Times With Marty Moss-Coane” story on WHYY-FM about his paper challenging the use of race in human genetic research.

  • Drexel, Penn Professors: Race Should No Longer Be Used In Genetic Research

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor and chair of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Feb. 23 PhillyVoice.com story about his paper on removing race from human genetics research.

  • Scientists Call For The Removal of Race in Genetics Research

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and chair of Community Health and Prevention, was interviewed on Feb. 18’s WHYY/Newsworks’ “The Pulse” in a story about his paper on removing race from human genetic research.

  • Should Biologists Stop Grouping Us by Race?

    A STAT magazine article profiling a paper published in Science by Michael Yudell, PhD, associate professor and chair of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was picked up by The Week Feb. 12.

  • Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue

    Michael Yudell, PhD, associate professor and chair of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was featured in several publications for his opinion piece published in Science on the need to remove the race concept from human genetic research. Yudell was featured in a Pacific Standard story, a UPI wire story Feb. 4 and Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 8. A LiveScience story was published in Scientific American Feb. 5, the same day an article was featured in the Daily Mail. A podcast for Science was posted online Feb. 4

  • Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue

    Michael Yudell, PhD, associate professor and chair of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was interviewed for a Feb. 4 LiveScience article detailing a paper he recently co-authored on whether race should be considered when studying human genetics.

  • What Scientists Mean When They Say 'Race' Is Not Genetic

    Michael Yudell, PhD, associate professor and chair of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was interviewed for a Feb. 9 Huffington Post article and quoted in a Feb. 4 STAT magazine story, both focused on a Science opinion piece he authored advocating the removal of race from human genetic study.

  • Lead in Flint: This is America

    Michael Yudell, PhD, associate professor and chair of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health, interviewed a colleague from Columbia University on the Flint, Michigan, water crisis for the Philly.com blog, “The Public’s Health,” on Feb. 3.

  • Screening in Bryn Mawr: 'Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution'

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention in the School of Public Health, authored a Sept. 30 post for Philly.com’s “The Public’s Health” blog, published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, about a local screening of “Kings Park: Stories From an American Mental Institution."

  • Autism’s History and Future

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention in the School of Public Health, authored a Sept. 10 Philadelphia Inquirer book review about “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.”

  • Review: The Twisted History of Autism Science

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention in the School of Public Health, authored an Aug. 30 Philly.com review of “The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.”

  • Looking to Science for Answers About Race

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention in the School of Public Health, authored an article that was published on TIME.com on Nov. 6 about the history of the concept of race in science.

  • Syracuse University can teach us a lot about Ebola panic

    Scott Knowles, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Oct. 17 Philadelphia Inquirer column written by Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, about Syracuse University’s decision to disinvite a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist to a campus visit because of Ebola risks.

  • A century after W.E.B. Du Bois, science still gets race wrong

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, authored an Oct. 3 Philadelphia Inquirer article about his new book, “Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the 20th Century.”

  • A Conversation About Robin Williams, Parkinson’s Disease, and Depression

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, authored an Aug. 15 Philadelphia Inquirer “The Public’s Health” blog post about the link between depression and Parkinson’s disease.

  • As always, war brings hunger and disease

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, authored an August 3 Philly.com “The Public’s Health” blog post about the health consequences of war.

  • Study Hall Is Coming To The Philly Improv Theater

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, was mentioned in a July 18 Geekadelphia blog post for his involvement with the improvisational comedy program “Study Hall.”

  • Marco Rubio's notion of climate change: Nope

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, authored a May 13 Philadelphia Inquirer “The Public’s Health” blog post about Senator Marco Rubio’s notion of climate change.

  • Ethicist Bernard Rollin: 'This Ain't Agriculture: How Industrial Agriculture Hurts Animals and the Public's Health'

    Michael Yudell, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, authored an April 6 Philly.com “The Public’s Health” blog post about an upcoming event featuring ethicist Bernard Rollin at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

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