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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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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