Ph.D. Student Profile

Astrid  Zamora , BS, MPH (she/her)

Astrid Zamora , BS, MPH (she/her)

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Cognate: Nutritional Epidemiology


  • MPH in Public Health Nutrition, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • BS in Nutrition Science and Biochemistry, UC Davis

Research Interests & Projects

I’m broadly interested in understanding the role of environmental exposures (i.e., toxicants and diet intake) in early life and during critical reproductive life stages on subsequent sleep and metabolic health outcomes of Latin American populations. Current projects involve my ongoing dissertation research which utilizes data from the Early Life Exposure in Mexico ENvironmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) cohort study, and an ethnographic study that aims to gather qualitative information on the experience of sleep and menopause within the context of working-class Mexican women in midlife.

Selected Publications

  • Zamora AN, Watkins DJ, Peterson KE, Téllez-Rojo MM, Hu H, Meeker JD, Cantoral A, Mercado-García A & Jansen EC. (2022). Prenatal maternal pesticide exposure in relation to sleep health of offspring during adolescence. Environmental Research, 204, 111977.
  • Zamora AN, Jansen EC, Tamayo-Ortiz M, Goodrich JM, Sánchez BN, Watkins DJ, Tamayo-Orozco JA, Téllez-Rojo MM, Mercado-García A, Baylin A, Meeker JD, & Peterson KE. (2021). Exposure to Phenols, Phthalates, and Parabens and Development of Metabolic Syndrome Among Mexican Women in Midlife. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 620769.
  • Zamora AN, Arboleda-Merino L, Tellez-Rojo, MM, O'Brien, LM, Torres-Olascoaga, LA, Peterson KE, Banker M, Fossee E, Song PX, Taylor K, Cantoral A, Roberts E, & Jansen EC. (2021). Sleep Difficulties among Mexican Adolescents: Subjective and Objective Assessments of Sleep. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 1–21. Advance online publication.
  • Zamora AN, Watkins DJ, Peterson KE, Jansen EC. Association between household pesticide exposure and sleep health among a representative sample of U.S. adults: Evidence from NHANES 2009-2014. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 2199.
  • Zamora AN & Anderson, OS (2021). A call for competence in the social determinants of health within dietetic education and training. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Additional Information

My doctoral research is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (3R24ES028502-04S1). The University of Michigan Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and International Institute funded the ethnographic research project titled “Drivers of sleep health among perimenopausal working-class Mexican women.”