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Amanda Simanek, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
(414) 227-3868

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. Amanda Simanek’s primary focus is on identifying novel biological mechanisms by which social disparities in health occur across the lifecourse and persist across generations. Her research centers around better understanding social patterning of infections, links between infectious and chronic disease and the role that persistent pathogens may play in the inter- and intra-generational transmission of health disparities. Dr. Simanek has examined the association between persistent pathogens such as latent herpesviruses and cardiovascular disease, physical and cognitive impairment, depression and mortality. She is currently studying whether in utero exposure to maternal immune activation against latent herpesviruses partially mediates the association between maternal stress during pregnancy and offspring anxiety disorders among urban dwelling mothers and their children in Detroit, MI. Dr. Simanek’s teaching interests include social epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology and field methods in epidemiology.