Michael Williams


Orlando, FL

Academic Interests

Genomics concentration in Biology with Computational Biology minor

Fun Fact

I have a mild case of lazy eye in my left eye.

Ever since I was a kid, I have always been obsessed with figuring out just how the world worked. Overtime, I realized that the key to understanding how the world worked lies with understanding how mankind works, as everything that humans were, are, and will be is responsible for shaping the world we live in. That is why I have chosen to study genomics during my time at Duke so that I could understand the factors that determine how we shape the world and how the world shapes us.

To accomplish this goal, I have worked in the Willis Plant Biology lab where I studied population genomic trends within select plant populations. While this research did not relate to humans, it provided me with much needed insight into how scientists analyze genomic data and how to apply that analysis to solving problems. In the future, I will be doing epigenetic research at Duke in order to understand how factors in our environment and our daily lives affects not only us, but our offspring as well. Beyond my research and academic interests at Duke, I am a member of organizations such as the Black Student Alliance and Black Men's Union where I get to engage with other African-Americans on campus.

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

What I like about SPIRE most is that it acts as a support network for students. Whether the issue is academic or personal, Dean Blackshear, Dean Crowley, and other SPIRE members are both available and willing to help fellows overcome it.

Michael Williams.
Michael Williams