Prof. Williams completed her PhD at the Royal Veterinary College (London, UK) where she investigated the influence of nutrition on sheep ovarian function
Subsequent postdoctoral training postions at the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia supported by a Wain Fellowship and a Lalor Fellowship) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, USA) provided further oportunities to investigate ovarian function in numerous model systems.
Prof. Williams established her research programme at the University of Oxford supported by a MRC New Investigator Research Grant; initially in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and currently in the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health. She has also been awarded the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF) New Investigator of the Year Award.
Prof. Williams’ research programme encompasses developing new methods of fertility preservation for women and endangered species by investigating ovarian function in health and disease. She leads the Human Ovarian Fertility Preservation Research Programme at Oxford, and in 2019 established the Rhino Fertility Project. She is also Chief Scientist of Nature’s SAFE, Chair of the SRF Public Engagement and Membership Committe, and Associate Editor for the journal Reproduction & Fertility as lay abstract Editor.