Faculty Profile

Miatta A. Buxton, PhD, MPH, B.A.

Miatta A. Buxton, PhD, MPH, B.A.

  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • M5009 SPH II
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

Dr. Buxton is interested in environmental and other influences on maternal and child health. She is interested in a number of the major risk factors such as lower reproductive tract infection, environmental pollution and nutrition, which are reported to contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes. Specifically, her research focuses on the various independent and joint relationships among environmental, dietary factors and preterm birth, the mechanistic pathways by which these associations occur, and how they may be modified. Her research has also focused on understanding patterns of inflammation in “normal” pregnancy. Additionally, she is interested in utilizing novel approaches including precision health methodology to understand the determinants of preterm birth and the measures that are important for identifying persons at risk of preterm birth. Dr. Buxton’s long-term goals include advancing a research program that actively explores the causes of preterm birth, and developing/implementing a community intervention program that focuses on reducing the impact of preterm birth.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan, 2019
  • PhD Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan, 2016
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2005
  • BA, Environmental Science/ Biology, Queens College, 2002

Current projects include longitudinal evaluation of systemic inflammation prior to the childbearing period, investigating  the association between inflammatory potential of dietary intake and blood pressure among adolescent females, understanding dietary contributions to maternal inflammation during pregnancy, and evaluating the potential associations among particulate matter exposure, Dietary Inflammatory Index during pregnancy and gestational duration.

  • Buxton, M.A.; Meraz-Cruz, N.; Sanchez, B.N.; Foxman, B.; Castillo-Castrejon, M.; O’Neill, M.S.; Vadillo-Ortega, F. Timing of Cervico-Vaginal Cytokine Collection during Pregnancy and Preterm Birth: A Comparative Analysis in the PRINCESA Cohort. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3436. https://doi.org/10.3390/ ijerph18073436
  • Buxton M.A, Perng W, Téllez Rojo M.M, Rodriguez-Carmona Y, Cantoral A, Sánchez B.N, Rivera-Gonzalez L.O, Gronlund C.J, Shivappa N, Hebert J.R, O’Neill M.S, Peterson K.E,. “Particulate Matter Exposure, Dietary Inflammatory Index and Preterm Birth in Mexico City, Mexico”. Environmental Research, 2020. 189: p. 109852
  • Buxton, M. A., Meraz-Cruz, N., Sanchez, B.N., Gronlund, C.J., Foxman, B., Vadillo-Ortega, F., and  O'Neill, M.S. (2019). "Air pollution and inflammation: Findings from concurrent repeated measures of systemic and reproductive tract cytokines during term pregnancy in Mexico City." Science of the Total Environment 681: 235-241.
  • Buxton, M. A., Meraz-Cruz, N., Sánchez, B.N., Foxman, B., Gronlund, C.J., Beltran-Montoya, J., Castillo-Castrejon, M., O'Neill, M.S., and Vadillo-Ortega, F. (2019). "Repeated Measures of Cervicovaginal Cytokines during Healthy Pregnancy: Understanding “Normal” Inflammation to Inform Future Screening." Amer J Perinatol (EFirst)
  • Vadillo-Ortega, F., Osornio-Vargas, A., Buxton, M. A., Sánchez, B. N., Rojas-Bracho, L., Viveros-Alcaráz, M., O´Neill, M. S. (2014). Air Pollution, Inflammation and Preterm Birth: A Potential Mechanistic Link. Medical Hypotheses, 82(2), 219–224. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2013.11.042