Connecting the social and built environment to health and health inequalities

Grace Noppert

Research Investigator, Social Environment and Health Program

As a social and infectious disease epidemiologist, my work examines the inequitable distribution of infections in the population and the consequences for the aging of the immune system across the life course. My work lies at the intersection of infectious disease, social epidemiology, and aging. I am particularly interested in how social processes such as racism, sexism, and socioeconomic status accelerate patterns of biological aging, particularly through the wear and tear of the immune compartment. Additionally, a significant portion of my research involves utilizing surveillance data from state and local health departments to understand long-standing disparities in infectious diseases in the U.S. I received my PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan in 2016. I currently work on a NIA-funded project examining life course social disadvantage and immune aging using data from the Health and Retirement Study, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, and the Detroit Neighborhood Study.

Key Publications

  • GA Noppert & L Zalla. “Who Counts and Who Gets Counted? Health Equity in Infectious Disease Surveillance.” American Journal of Public Health. 2021 (in press).
  • GA Noppert, L Gaydosh, KM Harris, A Goodwin, & RA Hummer. “Is Educational Attainment Associated with Young Adult Cardiometabolic Health?” SSM-Population Health. 2021; 100752.
  • RC Stebbins, GA Noppert, YC Yang, JB Dowd, A Simanek, & AE Aiello. “Immune Response to Cytomegalovirus and Cognition in the Health and Retirement Study.” American Journal of Epidemiology; 2021 (in press).
  • GA Noppert, RC Stebbins, JB Dowd, RA Hummer, & AE Aiello. “Life Course Socioeconomic Disadvantage and the Aging Immune System: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study.” The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. 2020.
  • N Snyder-Mackler, JR Burger, L Gaydosh, DW Belsky, GA Noppert, FA Campos, A Bartolomucci, YC Yang, AE Aiello, A O’Rand, KM Harris, CA Shively, SC Alberts, & J Tung. “Social Determinants of Health and Survival in Humans and Other Animals.” Science. 2020; 368 (6493).