Dr. Jennifer Dowd is currently a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London and Research Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CUNY School of Public Health. Dr. Dowd received her Ph.D. from Princeton University with a focus on Economics and Demography from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Population Research, followed by two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the interaction of social and biological process over the life course and the mechanisms through which social factors “get under the skin” to impact health. In particular, she has examined the role of stress and immune function in explaining health inequalities by socioeconomic factors, as well as how persistent infections such as cytomegalovirus contribute to chronic diseases of aging. Ongoing projects include exploring the social determinants of the microbiome at the population level, trends in the education-mortality gradient over time, the impact of long-term obesity on population aging, and the social and biological determinants of cognition over the life course.