Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics program

Helen Meier

Helen MeierAssistant Research Scientist

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Ann Arbor, MI 48104




Dr. Meier’s research focuses on biosocial approaches to health inequalities and aging. She is an epidemiologist and uses a life course framework to understand the molecular pathways by which social and environmental exposures occurring throughout life get “under the skin” to affect adult and later life health. Dr. Meier is specifically interested in the biology of immune aging and immunological dysfunction as key factors in the aging process. Dr. Meier investigates health and health inequities using a multi-level approach from biomarkers to structural drivers.



  • Seshadri G, Vivek S, Prizment A,…Meier HCS, et al. Immune cells are associated with mortality: the Health and Retirement Study. Front Immunol. 2023;14:1280144. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2023.1280144
  • Ramasubramanian R, Kim JW, Guan W,…Meier HCS, et al. Cohabitation as a determinant of adaptive and innate immune cell profiles: findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Brain Behav Immun Health. 2023;33:100676. doi:10.1016/j.bbih.2023.100676
  • Meier HCS, Mitchell C, Karadimas T, Faul JD. Systemic inflammation and biological aging in the Health and Retirement Study. Geroscience. 2023;45(6):3257-3265. doi:10.1007/s11357-023-00880-9
  • Simanek AM, Xiong M, Woo JMP,…Meier HCS, et al. Association between prenatal socioeconomic disadvantage, adverse birth outcomes, and inflammatory response at birth. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2023;153:106090. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2023.106090
  • Vivek S, Crimmins EM, Prizment AE, Meier HCS, et al. Age-related differences in t-cell subsets and markers of subclinical inflammation in aging are independently associated with type 2 diabetes in the Health and Retirement Study. Can J Diabetes. 2023;47(7):594-602.e6. doi:10.1016/j.jcjd.2023.05.010
  • Peterson MD, Collins S, Meier HCS, Brahmsteadt A, Faul JD. Grip strength is inversely associated with DNA methylation age acceleration. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2023;14(1):108-115. doi:10.1002/jcsm.13110
  • Klopack ET, Thyagarajan B, Faul JD, Meier HCS, et al. Socioeconomic status and immune aging in older US adults in the Health and Retirement Study. Biodemography Soc Biol. 2022;67(3-4):187-202. doi:10.1080/19485565.2022.2149465
  • Simanek AM, Manansala R, Woo JMP, Meier HCS, Needham BL, Auer PL. Prenatal socioeconomic disadvantage and epigenetic alterations at birth among children born to white British and Pakistani mothers in the Born in Bradford Study. Epigenetics. 2022;17(13):1976-1990. doi:10.1080/15592294.2022.2098569
  • Wing JJ, Lynch EE, Laurent SE, Mitchell B, Richardson J, Meier HCS. Historic redlining in Columbus, Ohio associated with stroke prevalence. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2022;31(12):106853. doi:10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2022.106853
  • Woo JMP, Parks CG, Hyde EE,…Meier HCS. Early life trauma and adult leucocyte telomere length. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2022;144:105876. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2022.105876