Grace A. Noppert
Research Investigator, SRC
Dr. Noppert's work lies at the intersection of biology, sociology, and epidemiology. Her work seeks to explain how social processes across the life course, such as socioeconomic status, impact a person's biology. For example, does experiencing persistent disadvantage throughout life contribute to premature aging of the immune system?
She began her work as an infectious disease epidemiologist examining health disparities in tuberculosis (TB) in the U.S. Her work has consistently documented a strong social component underlying the distribution of TB. Those most vulnerable in the U.S. population are bearing the greatest burden of TB. Her current work now focuses on persistent viral infections (example: CMV, HSV-1, etc) and how they may be aging the immune system prematurely. However, in order to fully grasp the impact of these infections you have to look at the social environment. Understanding the link between social factors, infections, and immune function may hold clues to explaining persistent health disparities across the life course.
- Noppert, Grace A., Zhenhua Yang, Philippa J. Clarke, Peter Davidson, Wen Ye, and Mark L. Wilson. 2019. "Contextualizing tuberculosis risk in time and space: Comparing time-restricted genotypic case clusters and geospatial clusters to evaluate the relative contribution of recent transmission to incidence of TB using nine years of case data from Michigan, USA." Annals of Epidemiology 40: 21-27.e3.
- Noppert, Grace A., Philippa J. Clarke, Margaret T. Hicken, and Mark L. Wilson. 2019. "Understanding the intersection of race and place: the case of tuberculosis in Michigan." BMC Public Health 19(1): 1669.
- Noppert, Grace A., and Philippa J. Clarke. 2018. "The Modern Profile of Tuberculosis: Developing the TB Social Survey to understand contemporary social patterns in tuberculosis." Public Health Nursing 35(1): 48-55.
- Noppert, Grace A., Mark L. Wilson, Philippa J. Clarke, Wen Ye, Peter Davidson, and Zhenhua Yang. 2017. "Race and nativity are major determinants of tuberculosis in the U.S.: evidence of health disparities in tuberculosis incidence in Michigan, 2004-2012." BMC Public Health 17(1): 538.
- Noppert, Grace A., Zhenhua Yang, Philippa J. Clarke, Wen Ye, Peter Davidson, and Mark L. Wilson. 2017. "Individual- and neighborhood-level contextual factors are associated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission: genotypic clustering of cases in Michigan, 2004-2012." Annals of Epidemiology 27(6): 371-376.