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Liliana  Aguayo-Markes

Asst Professor

Research Assistant Professor

Faculty, Global Health

Liliana is a community health researcher investigating the early life origins of racial and ethnic disparities in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Her research uses an intersectionality framework to investigate overlapping factors associated with disparities in obesity and cardiovascular health among racial/ethnically diverse children and adolescents.

She completed the Master of Public Health/Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health (MPH/ PhD) dual degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a fellow of the USDA Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program (I-TOPP). Upon completion of her graduate training, she completed postdoctoral training in cardiovascular epidemiology as a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) at Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods and has experience in data collection with pediatric and adult samples, community health, and bilingual survey research development.

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Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Spatial Analysis/GIS


  • BA 2005, Loyola University Chicago
  • BA 2005, Loyola University Chicago
  • PhD 2018, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MPH 2018, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaig
  • Postdoctoral Training 2018, Northwestern University/ Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital

Affiliations & Activities

American Heart Association (AHA): Member of the Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Early Career Council (April 2018- Present)

American Society for Nutrition (ASN): Vice-Chair, Early Career Nutrition (ECN) Interest Group (2021-2022)

                                                             Elected Secretary, ASN Student Interest Group (SIG) Committee (2017-2020)

Academic Pediatric Association (APA): Member (2018-Present)

The Obesity Society (TOS):  Communications Coomitee Member (2021- Present); Member of the Spokesperson Group (2020- Present)

                                               Early Career Committee Member (2021 -Present)