Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes

Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

M.S.P.H. Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Post-baccalaureate Training, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2009

B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007


Current Projects with Dr. Kari E. North:

Lindsay is working on the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) Study, and the Hispanic/Latino Anthropometry (HISLA) Consortium.


Research Interests:

Lindsay’s research interests include:

  • Genetic epidemiology of under-studied minorities
  • Gene-Environment Interactions
  • Migration and Hispanic/Latino health
  • Bio-social and epigenetic mechanisms of intergenerational health risk
  • Genetics and psychosocial stressors across the life course
  • Racial/ethnic health disparities


Research Experience:

Lindsay joined Carolina Population Center as a Postdoctoral Scholar in 2016 after receiving her PhD in Epidemiology and a Certificate in Global Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her graduate studies she trained with Dr. Kari E. North in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional Training Grant) and completed her MSPH/PhD work on the genetic epidemiology of reproduction and obesity in racial/ethnic minorities. Specifically, her American Heart Association-supported dissertation focused on the roles of acculturation, genetic risk factors, and their interactions on obesity in Hispanic/Latinos. She has also contributed to several publications on advanced genetic epidemiologic methods for gene-environment interactions and admixed populations, such as Hispanic/Latinos. Her current postdoctoral training is focused on the bio-social integration of obesity and Type 2 diabetes risk in Hispanic/Latinos.