Dr. Amanda M. Simanek is a social epidemiologist who studies psychosocial determinants of infectious disease, links between infection and chronic disease and inter- and intra-generational pathways by which social inequities in health occur across the lifecourse and across generations. She is Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an Associate Editor for the Dear Pandemic Facebook page. Her current research focuses on the adverse effects of prenatal socioeconomic disadvantage on child health and is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Marmot Prince Mahidol Fellowship. She received her MPH in International Health Epidemiology and PhD in Epidemiologic Science from University of Michigan School of Public Health. Amanda’s research related to infectious disease has been published in leading journals including the International Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Brain, Behavior and Immunity. Amanda grew up in the Chicago suburbs and enjoys exploring WI and beyond with her partner, three sons (ages 4, 9 and 11) and two pups.