Hi, I'm Margaret!

I am a PhD Candidate in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan.  My research focuses on Accelerometry Data, particularly developing new methods to analyze Physical Activity and Sleep Data in free-living populations.

An East Coast transplant, I have lived in Ann Arbor now since 2015 - and love it (Go Blue!) Outside of working, I enjoy hiking, bookstores, coffee shops, and visiting my family. 



PhD Candidate

University of Michigan


After beginning the PhD program in Fall of 2017, I achieved candidacy in May 2018

MS in Biostatistics

University of Michigan

I completed my Masters Degree in Biostatistics in May 2017

BS/BA in Math and Economics

Villanova University

I completed my undergraduate education in May 2011


Research and Experience

Graduate Method Research
University of Michigan, 2016- present

My dissertation research focuses on method development for analyzing Accelerometer Data, both in terms of Physical Activity and Sleep.  I joined the Peter Song Lab as well as the ELEMENT (Early Life Exposures in Mexico to ENvironmental Toxicants) group for this dissertation research. I have shared my work at ENAR and JSM poster presentations in 2019 and 2018.

Graduate Applied Research
University of Michigan, 2016 - present

From 2016 to present I have worked with the Early Life Exposures in Mexico to ENvironmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) group, which is a cohort birth study in Mexico City spanning two decades and three generations.  With this group I work on wide-range of data, including:

  • Metabolomics Data

  • Accelerometer Data

  • Toxicant Exposure Data

  • Cognitive Neuro Data 

Graduate Teaching Experience
University of Michigan, 2015

In 2016 I was a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for the undergraduate Statistics course (Stat 250) taught within the University of Michigan. 

Financial Analyst
GE Healthcare, 2012-2015

Prior to returning to graduate school, I worked as a Financial Analyst with GE Healthcare. 

  • I began as part of the Financial Management Program (FMP), which is a two-year rotational leadership program with concentrations in Controllership, Financial Planning & Analysis, Corporate Strategy and Operational Efficiency; the program combines 4 intensive job assignments with demanding coursework in finance and accounting.

  • Upon completing the FMP program, I accepted a position as a Global Supply Chain FP&A Analyst




Journal Publications
  • Kelley, A. S.*, Banker, M.*, Goodrich, J. M., Dolinoy, D. C., Burant, C., Domino, S. E., Smith, Y.R., Song, P.X-K., Padmanabhan, V. (2019). Early pregnancy exposure to endocrine disrupting chemical mixtures are associated with inflammatory changes in maternal and neonatal circulation. Scientific reports, 9(1), 5422.  *Authors contributed equally (co-first authors)

        Awarded  NIEHS Extramural Paper of the Month

  • Puttabyatappa, M.*, Banker, M.*, Zeng, L., Goodrich, J. M., Domino, S.E., Dolinoy, D.C., Meeker, J., Pennathur, S., Song, P.X-K., Padmanabhan, V. (2019 Submitted for Publication, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism). Maternal First Trimester EDC Mixtures are Associated with Sexually-Dimorphic Changes in Pregnancy Oxidative Milieu 

       *Authors contributed equally (co-first authors)

  • Jansen, E. C., Dunietz, G. L., Chervin, R. D., Baylin, A., Baek, J., Banker, M., Song, P.X-K., Cantoral, A., Rojo, M.M.T. and Peterson, K.E. (2018). Adiposity in Adolescents: The Interplay of Sleep Duration and Sleep Variability. The Journal of Pediatrics, 203, 309-316.

  • Jansen, E. C., Dolinoy, D. C., O'Brien, L, Peterson, K.E., Chervin, R., Banker, M.,  Téllez-Rojo, M.M., Cantoral, A., Mercado-Garcia, A., Sanchez, B., Goodrich, J.M. (2019 Accepted for Publication, Sleep). Sleep duration and fragmentation in relation to leukocyte DNA methylation in adolescents.

  • Wu, Y., Jaclyn M. Goodrich, J. M., Dolinoy, D. C., Sánchez, B.N, Ruiz-Narváez, E.A., Banker, M., Cantoral, A., Mercado-Garcia, A., Téllez-Rojo, M.M., Peterson, K.E. (2019 Submitted for Publication, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise). Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity, Reproductive Hormones and DNA Methylation

Poster Presentations
  • Functional Data Analysis of Physical Activity Probability Curves from Personal Accelerometer Devices. Joint Statistical Meeting. Denver, CO. August, 2019.

  • Novel Statistical Methods to Determine Sleep Duration from Personal Wearable Accelerometer Devices. ENAR. Philadelphia, PA. March 2019. 

  • Novel Statistical Methods to Determine Sleep Duration from Personal Wearable Accelerometer Devices. Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). Ann Arbor, MI. October, 2018. 




University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI



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