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Dr. Martinez is an infectious disease ecologist. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution in 2015 at the University of Michigan, followed by two years as a fellow at Princeton and four years as an Assistant Professor at Columbia and now Emory University. Her primary focus is understanding the drivers of seasonality in infectious disease systems and the impact of circadian and seasonal rhythms on disease. Supported by the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, her current research aims to understand how ecology, demography, and physiology intersect to drive the transmission of epidemic-prone diseases, including poliomyelitis, measles, chickenpox, and SARS-CoV-2.

Dr. Martinez’s lab also conducts research on maternal immunity in infants and is building a statistical inference pipeline for studying vaccine modes of action and other interventions. She utilizes cutting-edge statistical inference techniques and mathematical models to couple disease incidence data with clinical immunology to gain insight into the population dynamics of disease.

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Click on the above image to read a recent article by Chelsea Clinton, Terry McGovern, and Micaela Martinez on the need to end fracking exemptions.
Click on the above image to learn more about Dr. Martinez’ upcoming feature on a panel discussion on how to build COVID-19 vaccine trustworthiness and ensure an equitable COVID-19 recovery in NYC.


Click on the above image to read Dr. Martinez’ recent interview with Teen Vogue on what life will look like after the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Click on the above image to read The Guardian’s coverage of Dr. Martinez and colleague’s recent research on how holidays and fertility cycles shape birth seasonality.

Martinez Lab research features in Science, March 20,2020. Click the image to read the article.

Listen to Dr. Martinez on Science Friday Nov 9, 2018. Click the image to listen
Click the image to read the article covering a recent paper from Dr. Martinez.

Click the link above to read Dr. Martinez’s recent scientific journalism article on birth seasonality in the Smithsonian Magazine.
Click the image above for the recent article in The Atlantic covering our policy proposal calling for vector surveillance. Our manuscript can be found on the Publications page.
Click here to view my work on digital epidemiology
Click on the image above to view Micaela’s work on digital epidemiology, featured in Science.  
Click here to see my recent work on Zika
Click on the image above to see Micaela’s recent work on Zika, which was recently featured in Vogue
Click on the map above to see interactive maps of measles, polio, chickenpox, and influenza epidemics in the US. Collaboration with the Last Mile Code.7370.