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Grace Noppert, PhD


Research Assistant Professor
Institute for Social Research

I am a social and infectious disease epidemiologist at the Institute for Social Research. My research agenda bridges the biological and the social in an effort to elucidate the mechanisms through which the social environment impacts an individual’s biology. Specifically, I focus on herpesvirus infections and T cell immunosenescence to understand how the social environment impacts aging processes in the immune compartment. 


Viral burden and T cell immunosenescence

Research Area(s)

Biomarkers | Development and Aging | Epidemiology | Health disparities | Social Determinants of Health


  • Co-investigator of: Evaluating impact of COVID-19 experiences and vaccine hesitancy on uptake of adult vaccines and control of vaccine-preventable disease
  • Principal investigator of: The COVID Neighborhood Project (CoNeP)
  • Co-investigator of: Vaccine Implementation for Priority Populations in Michigan (VIPs in Michigan)