Marina Oktapodas Feiler

Research Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Ritter Annex 902


Dr. Marina Oktapodas Feiler completed her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Rochester. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship under a T32 toxicology training grant through NIEHS at the University of Rochester. She completed a MS in epidemiology and a BS in psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Feiler’s main research interests and experience have been within pediatric environmental health. Dr. Feiler has focused her research on maternal and pediatric exposure to various environmental toxins/toxicants (e.g. lead, perflourinated compounds, and phthalates), as they relate to maternal-child health and immune dysfunction in early life. Specifically, Dr. Feiler has examined immune health endpoints such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infection, reduced vaccine response to the MMR and DTP vaccines, and certain endpoints related to hypersensitivity of the immune system, i.e. asthma. Dr. Feiler’s main research goals are to examine environmental exposures as they relate to maternal-child health within low resource communities where the rates of both exposure to environmental contaminants and maternal-child disease and infectious diseases are high. She believes understanding the potential link between "common" environmental exposures in utero and in children with naïve immune systems, and the impact on early life is of paramount importance.

Dr. Feiler has further experience as a health project coordinator for two projects within the Emerging Infections Program, a CDC-affiliated program. These projects included active surveillance for hospitalized respiratory syncytial virus and influenza in Monroe County, NY, and involvement in the HPV-IMPACT project. The HPV-IMPACT project surveilled human papillomavirus diagnosis and pre-cancerous lesions among women residing in Monroe County, NY. The project further examined risk for cervical cancer and HPV-vaccine effectiveness against cervical cancer.


  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Rochester
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Rochester
  • MS, Epidemiology, SUNY Buffalo
  • BS, Psychology, SUNY Buffalo

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




EPBI 3102

Introduction to Research Methods


EPBI 5005

Applied Analysis of Health


EPBI 8205

Chronic Disease Epidemiology


EPBI 8207

Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology


EPBI 9289

MPH Fieldwork I


Selected Publications

  • Feiler, M.O., Pavia, C.J., Frey, S.M., Parsons, P.J., Thevenet-Morrison, K., Canfield, R.L., & Jusko, T.A. (2021). Early life blood lead levels and asthma diagnosis at age 4-6 years. Environ Health Prev Med, 26(1), p. 108. Japan. doi: 10.1186/s12199-021-01033-0

  • Anto-Ocrah, M., Feiler, M.O., Pukall, C., & Pacos-Martinez, A. (2021). Resilience and Sexuality After Concussion in Women. Sex Med, 9(1), p. 100297. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.esxm.2020.100297

  • Feiler, M.O., Caserta, M.T., Wijngaarden, E.v., Thevenet-Morrison, K., Hardy, D.J., Zhang, Y.V., Dozier, A.M., Lawrence, B.P., & Jusko, T.A. (2020). Environmental Lead Exposure and Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus Diagnoses in Young Children: A Test-Negative Case-Control Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(20). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17207625

  • Drobná, B., Fabišiková, A., Čonka, K., Gago, F., Oravcová, P., Wimmerová, S., Feiler, M.O., & Šovčíková, E. (2019). PBDE serum concentration and preschool maturity of children from Slovakia. Chemosphere, 233, pp. 387-395. England. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.05.284

  • Jusko, T.A., Singh, K., Greener, E.A., Feiler, M.O., Thevenet-Morrison, K., Lawrence, B.P., Wright, R.O., & Thurston, S.W. (2019). Blood Lead Concentrations and Antibody Levels to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella among U.S. Children. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 16(17). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16173035

  • McClung, N.M., Gargano, J.W., Park, I.U., Whitney, E., Abdullah, N., Ehlers, S., Bennett, N.M., Scahill, M., Niccolai, L.M., Brackney, M., Griffin, M.R., Pemmaraju, M., Querec, T.D., Cleveland, A.A., Unger, E.R., Markowitz, L.E., & Group, H.W. (2019). Estimated Number of Cases of High-Grade Cervical Lesions Diagnosed Among Women - United States, 2008 and 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep, 68(15), pp. 337-343. United States. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6815a1

  • Gargano, J.W., Park, I.U., Griffin, M.R., Niccolai, L.M., Powell, M., Bennett, N.M., Jones, M.L.J., Whitney, E., Pemmaraju, M., Brackney, M., Abdullah, N., Scahill, M., Dahl, R.M., Cleveland, A.A., Unger, E.R., Markowitz, L.E., Blankenship, S., Allen, S., Meek, J., Higgins, K., Hadler, J., Sosa, L., Saadeh, K., Williamson, A., Fink, D., Silverberg, M.J., Laing, R., Schafer, S., Oktapodas, M., & Felsen, C. (2019). Trends in High-grade Cervical Lesions and Cervical Cancer Screening in 5 States, 2008–2015. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 68(8), pp. 1282-1291. Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy707

  • McClung, N.M., Gargano, J.W., Bennett, N.M., Niccolai, L.M., Abdullah, N., Griffin, M.R., Park, I.U., Cleveland, A.A., Querec, T.D., Unger, E.R., & Markowitz, L.E. (2019). Trends in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Types 16 and 18 in Cervical Precancers, 2008–2014. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), pp. 602-609. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.epi-18-0885

  • Feiler, M.O., Patel, D., Li, H., Meacham, P.J., Watson, G.E., Shamlaye, C., Yeates, A., Broberg, K., & Wijngaarden, E.v. (2018). The association between early-life relative telomere length and childhood neurodevelopment. Neurotoxicology, 65, pp. 22-27. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2018.01.005

  • Jusko, T.A., Oktapodas, M., Murinová, L.P., Babinská, K., Babjaková, J., Verner, M., DeWitt, J.C., Thevenet-Morrison, K., Čonka, K., Drobná, B., Chovancová, J., Thurston, S.W., Lawrence, B.P., Dozier, A.M., Järvinen, K.M., Patayová, H., Trnovec, T., Legler, J., Hertz-Picciotto, I., & Lamoree, M.H. (2016). Demographic, Reproductive, and Dietary Determinants of Perfluorooctane Sulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) Concentrations in Human Colostrum. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(13), pp. 7152-7162. American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00195