Dr. Kelli Ryckman, associate professor of epidemiology and pediatrics, will be the 2016 – 2017 Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory Environmental and Public Health Ambassador.
[Dr. Kelli Ryckman]
Dr. Ryckman, who specializes in understanding genetic and metabolic predictors of preterm birth, will serve in the honorary position to help raise awareness of the public health laboratory system and its role in assuring the health of Iowans.
“Dr. Ryckman’s research into how we can improve birth outcomes dovetails perfectly with the Hygienic Laboratory’s focus on maternal and newborn screening,” said State Hygienic Laboratory director Dr. Christopher Atchison. “We look forward to expanding our work with Dr. Ryckman to further improve birth outcomes in Iowa.”
Dr. Ryckman has authored many studies, including research of metabolic profiles and gestation. She collaborated with the State Hygienic Laboratory and the Iowa Newborn Screening Program on the study.