Bio


Marina Magalhães is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Suzan Carmichael’s lab in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine. Her overall research goals are to improve health outcomes and advance health equity for women, pregnant and birthing people, and their infants. Dr. Magalhães is a nurse by training in newborn critical care with a background using clinical research methods, particularly to support nutrition and optimize health outcomes of preterm, very low birthweight (VLBW) infants. Her doctoral research found that personalizing lactation support via biomarker-based text messages during early postpartum may be feasible to prolong lactation among mothers of critically ill infants. This experience, along with the growing maternal health crisis and research silos separating maternal and newborn health, led her to pursue postdoctoral training in perinatal epidemiology. Her current research centers on the health of women and childbearing people by using population-level data to investigate the causes of adverse perinatal health outcomes (i.e. severe maternal morbidity) in the U.S.

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Steering Committee Member, Global Maternal Child Health Network, American Public Health Association (2020 - Present)
  • Board Member, Stanford Latinx Postdoc Association (2022 - Present)
  • Member, Maternal Child Health Section, American Public Health Association (2020 - Present)
  • MCH Section Fellow, American Public Health Association (2020 - 2021)

Stanford Advisors