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Rae Anne Martinez is currently an Epidemiology PhD student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Martinez was a Flinn Foundation Scholar at the University of Arizona, where she received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a B.A. in Sociology in 2014.

Martinez aims to integrate expertise in biological and social disciplines in order to understand how biological processes are impacted by the social environment, and the repercussions of these modifications on mental health across the life course. Specifically, her dissertation research focuses on the embodiment of childhood adversity via the accumulation of epigenetic alternations and links to depression and anxiety in adulthood. She is also interested in exploring historical and contemporary conceptualizations of race and ethnicity in health scholarship and the relationship of these social constructs to health.

Research Interests

Embodiment of social factors during sensitive/critical development periods; resiliency; epigenetics; conceptualization of race and ethnicity in health scholarship.


Allison Aiello, Robert Hummer