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Lauren Schmitz

Expert on the interplay between social experiences, genetics, and disparities in health and aging; early life adversity and aging; ethical use of genetic data

Assistant Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs College of Letters and Science Work: 608-263-7398 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @laurenlschmitz


  • Gene-environment interactions and their implications for health and aging
  • The relationship between social adversity and DNA programing/epigenetics
  • Life course and aging: the connection between early life experiences and healthy aging
  • The impact of working conditions on health and disability at older ages
  • Ethical use of genetic data in social research


  • Author, "The long-term effects of Vietnam-Era conscription and genotype on smoking behavior and health"
  • Author, "Do working conditions at older ages shape the health gradient?"
  • Author, "The impact of late-career job loss and genotype on body mass index"
  • Author, "Structural racism in the workplace: Does perception matter for health inequalities"
  • Author, "The socioeconomic gradient in epigenetic aging clocks"