Anne P. Starling, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology


Dr. Starling is an environmental epidemiologist with a focus on chemical exposures during critical periods of the life course and their influence on chronic disease risk. In her work with the Center for Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes, she studies biological pathways by which early life chemical exposures influence child metabolic health, including epigenetic mechanisms. Dr. Starling co-leads an NIEHS-funded study of chemical exposures during pregnancy and women’s cardiometabolic health outcomes. She also serves as co-PI for the Colorado site of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s national multi-site study of the health effects of exposure to mixtures of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water.

Anne Starling in the Gillings News

Research Activities

Dr. Starling currently collaborates on a study of SARS-CoV-2 incidence and vaccination in Chatham County, NC.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 2013
  • MPhil, Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2005
  • BS, Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University, 2003