Amanda Simanek, PhD, MPH
PhD, Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan-School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
MPH, International Health Epidemiology, University of Michigan-School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
BA, Political Science/Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Dr. Simanek’s research centers around better understanding psychosocial determinants of health, examining links between infectious and chronic disease and identifying novel biological mechanisms by which social disparities in health are perpetuated across generations and persist across the lifecourse. She has examined the association between psychosocial factors, infection and immune aging as well as the role of persistent pathogens such as herpes viruses in the etiology of cardiovascular disease, mood disorders and mortality. Dr. Simanek is currently expanding her work to investigate the role of maternal socioeconomic disadvantage during pregnancy on fetal programming of inflammatory processes linked to childhood chronic diseases as well as the role of epigenetic modifications in explaining lifecourse effects of socioeconomic disadvantage on later life depression. Her teaching interests include introductory epidemiology, social epidemiology, and infectious disease epidemiology.