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Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Public Health

PhD, Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan
BA, Biology, University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Karvonen-Gutierrez is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and co-director of the Center for Midlife Science. Dr. Karvonen-Gutierrez’s research focuses on the impact of chronological aging, reproductive aging, and obesity and their intersections, on the development and progression of chronic disease and musculoskeletal outcomes through the creation of a metabolically dysfunctional and pro-inflammatory environment. To address her research agenda, Dr. Karvonen-Gutierrez pursues mechanistic and biologic hypotheses using both epidemiologic and clinical research designs leveraging her leadership in ongoing cohort studies as well as new data collection efforts.

Dr. Karvonen-Gutierrez received her PhD in Epidemiologic Science and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. She is a National Institute of Aging Butler Williams Scholar and is on the Editorial Board at the Midlife Women’s Health journal. She has a K01 Mentored Research Scientist award from the National Institute of Aging to examine metabolomics and osteoarthritis. She is the Principal Investigator on the Michigan Bone Health and Metabolism Study and a co-Investigator on the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation.


Cardiometabolic disease and acute kidney injury, Metabolomics and knee OA

University Affiliation(s)

Center for Midlife Science

Research Area(s)



  • Co-investigator of: The Study of Womens Health Across the Nation (SWAN): The Impact of Midlife and the Menopause Transition on Health and Functioning in Early Old Age
  • Co-investigator of: Assessing Noise, Hearing, and Balance in the Study of Womens Health Across the Nation
  • Principal investigator of: The Impact of Pursuing Body Image Ideals on Sports Performance and Health in NCAA DI Female Distance Runners: A Qualitative Analysis
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