Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes

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Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

MSPH Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Post-baccalaureate Training, National Institue of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2009

B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007

Current Projects With Dr. Aiello

Lindsay is working on the Sacramento Area Latino Aging Study (SALSA) and the Niños Lifestyle & Diabetes Study (NLDS)

Research Interests

Lindsay's research interests include:

  • Migration and Hispanic/Latino health
  • Bio-social and epigenetic mechanisms involved in the intergenerational transmission of health risks
  • Racial/ethnic health disparities
  • Gene-Environment interactions
  • Life course consequences of psychosocial, acculturative, and socioeconomic stressors
  • Genetic epidemiology of under-studied minorities


Lindsay joined the Aiello Research Group in 2016 after receiving her PhD in Epidemiology and a Certificate in Global Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  During her graduate studies she trained in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional Training Grant) and completed her MSPH/PhD work on the Genetic Epidemiology of Reproduction, Growth and Development in women and racial/ethnic minorities. Specifically, her American Heart Association-supported dissertation focused on the roles of acculturation, genetic risk factors, and their interactions on obesity in Hispanic/Latinos.  Her previous education in Biology, and experience in Neurogenetics (NIH Intramural Research Training Award) have helped her bring a biologic perspective to the bio-social work with Dr. Aiello in the Sacramento Area Latino Aging Study (SALSA) and the Niños Lifestyle Diabetes Study (NLDS).


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Influenza might be spread by simply breathing, study finds

January 21, 2018

As new research indicates, the influenza virus might be spread by coughing, sneezing, or breathing. In this NBC news article, Dr. Donald Milton from University of Maryland and Dr Aiello discuss how flu spreads and what precautions you can take to prevent getting the flu:


Norovirus outbreak: Why it's easy to catch and hard to get rid of

January 21, 2018

Norovirus, commonly referred to as the stomach flu, often causes stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. When infected individuals vomit, it aerosolizes the virus and allows it to spread throug the air. In an article published by CNBC, Dr. Aiello discusses the ...more

ARG Chairs Symposium at the 2016 Congress of the Americas

August 23, 2016

Aiello Research Group PI Dr. Allison Aiello and Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Lydia Feinstein co-chaired the Symposium on the Novel Approaches for Bio-social Integration in Epidemiologic Studies at this year's Congress of the Americas. See the link below for details on ...more

UNC Study: PTSD May Accelerate Immune System Aging

April 05, 2016

A new ARG study has found that people ...more

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