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 an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a founding member of Dear Pandemic. Her current research funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Marmot Prince Mahidol Fellowship focuses on understanding the adverse effects of prenatal socioeconomic disadvantage on child health. She also studies the role of bacteria and viruses that persist in the body over time in the development of chronic disease outcomes such as cardiovascular disease and depression. Amanda 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 enjoys exploring WI and beyond with her partner, three kids (ages 5, 10 and 12) and two pups.