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Allison E. Aiello, PhD

Allison E. Aiello, PhD

Professor and Social Epidemiology Program Leader
Department of Epidemiology
Carolina Population Center
  • 2101C Mcgavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB #7435
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Allison E. Aiello is a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

She received her PhD with distinction in epidemiology from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and was the recipient of the Ana C. Gelman award for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of epidemiology. 

Her research investigates: the influence of stressors on biomarkers of aging and immunity; the relationship between infection and chronic diseases; and the prevention of infectious disease in the community setting. Her areas of expertise include: infectious diseases/microbes, aging, immunity, socioeconomic stressors, biomarkers, cognition/Alzheimer’s Disease, and life course approaches.

Representative Courses

Social Epidemiology Seminar

Research Activities

Cohort studies, randomized intervention trials, social network study design, biomarker collection and testing, life course research

Key Publications

Toxoplasma gondii and anxiety disorders in a community-based sample. Markovitz AA, Simanek AM, Yolken RH, Galea S, Koenen KC, Chen S,Aiello AE (2015). Brain Behavior and Immunity, 43.

Persistent viral pathogens and cognitive impairment across the life course in the third national health and nutrition examination survey. Tarter KD, Simanek AM, Dowd JB, Aiello AE Journal of Infectious Diseases, 209(6), 837-844..

Epigenetic signatures may explain the relationship between socioeconomic position and risk of mental illness: preliminary findings from an urban community-based sample. Uddin M, Galea S, Chang SC, Koenen KC, Goldmann E, Wildman DE, Aiello AE (2013). Biodemography and Social Biology, 59(1), 68-84.

Secular trends in Helicobacter pylori seroprevalence in adults in the United States: evidence for sustained race/ethnic disparities. Grad YH, Lipsitch M, Aiello AE (2012). American Journal of Epidemiology, 175(1), 54-59.

Mask use, hand hygiene, and seasonal influenza-like illness among young adults: a randomized intervention trial. Aiello A.E. , Murray G.F., Perez V., Coulborn R.M., Davis B.M., Uddin M., Shay D.K., Waterman S.H., Monto A.S. (2010). The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 201(4), 491-498.

Cytomegalovirus antibody levels, inflammation and mortality among elderly Latinos over 9 years of follow-up. Roberts, E.T., Haan, M.N., Dowd, J.B., Aielloa A.E.  (2010). American Journal of Epidemiology, 172(4), 363-371.

Socioeconomic position and inflammatory and immune biomarkers of cardiovascular disease: applications to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Aiello, A.E. , Kaplan, G.A. (2009). Biodemography and Social Biology, 55(2), 178-205.

Socioeconomic differentials in immune response. Dowd, J.B. and Aiello, A.E. (2009). Epidemiology, 20(6), 902-908.


PhD (with distinction), Epidemiology, Columbia University, 2003

MS, Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1998

BS, Environmental Sciences, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1995

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