Rae Anne Martinez

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B.S. Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona

B.A. Sociology, University of Arizona



Research Interests

Epigenetics, social determinants of health, toxic stress, and chronic disease


Prior to beginning her MSPH/PhD at UNC Chapel Hill, Rae Anne worked as a Research Associate at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Arizona. While there, she studied the weak loss of epigenetic modifiers in multiple myeloma, as well as breast-to-brain and lung-to-brain metastasis. In her spare time, she competed nationally with Arizona Roller Derby, and played for the International WFTDA Playoffs in 2015.


Roller derby, picking up heavy things, traveling, and gardening.


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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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