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 in the Department of Environmental Medicine 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 maternal and child 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 including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus infection, reduced vaccine response, and certain endpoints related to hypersensitivity of the immune system, i.e. asthma. Dr. Feiler’s main research goals are to better understand the role of these toxic and ubiquitous exposures on susceptible and vulnerable populations such as mothers and children, while also considering health disparities. Unfortunately, low resource communities typically have higher risk of adverse environmental exposures and higher rates of maternal-child disease. Additionally, on-going work is examining the biologic mechanism for these toxic exposures as they relate to disease, specific focus is on endocrine disruption and hormonal pathways.

Dr. Feiler is also serving as a co-investigator on a CDC-funded surveillance project examining post-COVID conditions among TUHS patients with confirmed COVID diagnoses. She also has previous experience working as a health project coordinator for 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 8207

Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology


EPBI 9289

MPH Fieldwork I


EPBI 9389

MPH Fieldwork II


Selected Publications

  • Gargano, J.W., McClung, N., Lewis, R.M., Park, I.U., Whitney, E., Castilho, J.L., Pemmaraju, M., Niccolai, L.M., Brackney, M., DeBess, E., Ehlers, S., Bennett, N.M., Scahill, M., Cleveland, A.A., Querec, T.D., Unger, E.R., & Markowitz, L.E. (2023). HPV type‐specific trends in cervical precancers in the United States, 2008 to 2016. International Journal of Cancer, 152(2), pp. 137-150. Wiley. doi: 10.1002/ijc.34231

  • 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. England. 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. Environ Sci Technol, 50(13), pp. 7152-7162. United States. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00195