I'm Annabel Tan (she/her), PhD candidate in Epidemiology & Clinical Research at Stanford University.

Get in touch annabelxtan@gmail.com

I am interested in advancing understanding of how our health is impacted by climate change and social determinants of health using machine learning and causal inference methods. I am invested in the health of marginalized populations.

I work in the lab of Michelle Odden at the Dept of Epidemiology & Population Health @ Stanford.


I received my MPH (Epidemiology & Global Health) from the Yale School of Public Health, and have an MEng (undergraduate) in Bioengineering from Imperial College London. I have worked at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute as a researcher and program manager.

I like to humanize my Sheepadoodle named Tintin. I enjoy pop culture and reading young adult/fantasy novels and have a really dark sense of humor.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about food. I used to run a food Instagram called Carb My Enthusiasm.

P.S. The X in my name stands for Xulin, which is my legal name. My entire family actually has called me Annabel since birth, but never actually put it in legal documents.

Sep 2021 - present
Graduate Research Assistant
Dec 2018 - Sep 2021
Research Associate
Program Manager
Jan 2011 - June 2013
Research Assistant
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Selected Publications

AX Tan, JA Hinman, HS Abdel Magid, LM Nelson, MC Odden, Association Between Income Inequality and County-Level, COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the US, JAMA Network Open, 2021, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.8799

AX Tan, SJ Shah, JL Sanders, BM Psaty, C Wu, JM Gardin, CA Peralta, MC Odden, Association Between Myocardial Strain and Frailty in Cardiovascular Health Study, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, 2021, doi.org/10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.120.012116

PK Garg, AX Tan, MC Odden, JM Gardin, OL Lopez, AB Newman, AM Rawlings, KJ Mukamal, Brachial Flow-mediated Dilation and Risk of Dementia: The Cardiovascular Health Study, Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 2020, doi: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000394

AX Tan, S Kapiga, K Khoshnood, RD Bruce, Epidemiology of Drug Use and HIV-Related Risk Behaviors among People Who Inject Drugs in Mwanza, Tanzania , PLoS One, 2015, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145578

Here is my Google Scholar page.

Other Projects

An iOS app designed to measure lifespace, a novel measure of how people live and spend their time, to be used in a cohort study in 2023.