Faculty Profile

Adrienne  Ettinger, Sc.D., MPH, M.S.

Adrienne Ettinger, Sc.D., MPH, M.S.

  • Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences

  • 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 

  • 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 Perspect 1059-1064.
  • 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.