Sc.D., Environmental Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003
M.S., Human Nutrition, Columbia University, 2014
MPH, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, 1991
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Ettinger's research focuses on the effects of environmental exposures on reproductive,
perinatal, and children's health. The objective of her work is to understand how common
genetic variants, epigenetic events, and dietary nutrients may modify susceptibility
to environmental exposures in the maternal-fetal unit and, ultimately, impact toxicant-induced
pregnancy and developmental outcomes. Her research involves the epidemiologic analysis
of environmental exposure to metals and the associated human health effects in several
new and ongoing longitudinal birth cohort studies. These studies are currently being
carried out in: Mexico, in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute
for Public Health; Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada; and in the U.S., at
the Tar Creek Superfund site (Oklahoma) and on the Navajo Nation in collaboration
with University of New Mexico. In addition, Dr. Ettinger is working with colleagues
in Asia, Europe, and South America to develop similar studies which may provide new
insights to better understand how environmental risks within and between populations
vary with respect to exposure, underlying susceptibility and developmental stage.
Ettinger AS, Zota AR, Amarasiriwardena CJ, Hopkins MR, Schwartz J, Hu H, Wright RO
(2009). Maternal arsenic exposure and impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy.
Environ Health Perspect1059-1064.
Pilsner JR, Hu H, Ettinger A, Sanchez BN, Wright RO, Cantonwine D, Lazarus A, Lamadrid-Figueroa
H, Mercado-Garcia A, Tellez-Rojo MM, Hernandez-Avila M (2009). Influence of prenatal
lead exposure on genomic methylation of cord blood DNA. Environ Health Perspect 1466-1471.
Ettinger AS, Lamadrid-Figueroa H, Tellez-Rojo MM, Mercado-Garcia A, Peterson K, Schwartz
J, Hu H, Hernandez-Avila M (2009). Effect of calcium supplementation on blood lead
levels in pregnancy: a randomized control trial. Environ Health Perspect 26-31.
Hennig B, Ettinger AS, Jandacek RJ, Koo S, McClain C, Seifried H, Silverstone A, Watkins
B, Suk WA (2007). Using nutrition for intervention and prevention against environmental
chemical toxicity and associated diseases. Environ Health Perspect 493-495.