Dr. Schmitz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research utilizes genomic and epigenomic data from population-based longitudinal studies to examine how inequalities in the social environment get underneath the skin and shape disparities in health and socioeconomic attainment. Another strand of her research examines workplace determinants of health and health disparities in vulnerable populations. In 2017, she received a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to examine social determinants of epigenetic processes related to aging and neurodegenerative disease. Her research has been supported by the NIA, the National Science Foundation, the Social Security Administration, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the March of Dimes.

Dr. Schmitz earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan.