Helen Meier, PhD, MPH
Ph.D. in Epidemiologic Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
M.P.H. in Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
B.A. with distinction in Human Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
My research program uses a life course framework to understand the molecular pathways by which social and environmental exposures occurring throughout life get “under the skin” to affect adult and later life health. I am specifically interested in the biology of immune aging and immunological dysfunction as key factors in the aging process. Reflective of my strong foundation in both molecular and social epidemiology, I have ongoing research projects focused at different levels of inquiry ranging from biomarkers of immune function to community health.
Advancing population health, health equity, and social and environmental justice among diverse communities in Milwaukee is a focus of my work. I partner with local health departments and non-profit organizations, as well as participate in several community-academic partnerships, to address drivers of childhood elevated blood lead levels.