Lydia Feinstein

Lydia Feinstein


Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014

M.S.P.H. Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

B.S. Anthropology and Human Biology, Emory University, 2007

Current Projects With Dr. Aiello

Lydia is working on the Detroit Neighborhood Health Study (DNHS) and Life Course Socioeconomics, Acculturation, and Type-2 Diabetes Risk Among Latinos (NINOS).

Research Interests

Lydia's research interests include:

  • Consequences and prevention of infectious diseases
  • Long-term health consequences of early life biological and social exposures
  • Social-biological mechanisms involved in the formation of health disparities
  • Intersection of social epidemiology and biomedical science
  • Global health


Lydia joined the Aiello Research Group as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014. She received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a pre-doctoral fellow on UNC’s infectious diseases training grant. Her dissertation research focused on identifying factors that influence the implementation of care and outcomes of HIV-exposed infants in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a post-doctoral fellow, Lydia is working with the Aiello Research Group to identify social-biological mechanisms involved in the production of long-term health outcomes. Lydia’s research incorporates a unique life course and global health perspective that is strongly influenced by her background in pediatric HIV, as well as in biological anthropology.


Traveling, gardening, eating sushi, and skiing.

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