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I'm Astrid N. Zamora, a first-generation college student, passionate public health researcher, and advocate of educational equity. I received my BS in Nutrition Science and Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, and my MPH from the University of California Berkeley. I'm currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Nutritional Epidemiology at the University of Michigan studying the relationship between endocrine-disrupting chemicals, sex-steroids, and epigenetics with sleep and metabolic outcomes among Mexican populations.
Outside of my research, I support instructors on curriculum development and have been involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the Department of Nutritional Sciences and across the University of Michigan campus (Rackham School of Graduate Studies and CRLT). I am also passionate about mentoring students at the School of Public Health and across the country through a pro-bono organization called Project SHORT.
With full-funding from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), my doctoral dissertation entails using epidemiologic and statistical methods to understand the cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships exploring pathways linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), sex-steroids, and epigenetics to sleep and metabolic health outcomes among adolescents and peri-menopausal women.
As an FGLI student, I am an advocate for equity in higher education and aspire to merge my personal and professional experiences to promote educational equity through research. I am currently conducting research that seeks to understand the barriers and challenges to remote learning among public health students learning during a global pandemic, with a focus on students that have been historically marginalized in higher education. This project will also seek to understand how being a public health trainee through a global pandemic has impacted trainees career goals in the field of public health
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