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Dr. Martinez is an infectious disease ecologist, currently an Assistant Professor at Columbia University in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution in 2015 at the University of Michigan, followed by two years at Princeton 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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New York Times COVID-19 risk map the Dr. Martinez assisted with.

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.