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Courtney Carignan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Dr. Courtney Carignan
G.M. Trout Food Science Building
469 Wilson Rd., Room 208A
East Lansing, MI 48824

Email: carigna4@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 884-2039 | Location:  208A Food Trout Building

Fields of Interest: Dr. Carignan is an exposure scientist and environmental epidemiologist whose research helps protect reproductive and child health by investigating exposure to contaminants in food, water, consumer and personal care products. She conducts biomonitoring and health studies for a wide range of populations, including preconception and birth cohorts as well as communities exposed to contaminated drinking water. Her research has contributed to public health interventions aimed at reducing exposures to flame retardants, perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and arsenic.

      • 2014-2017 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Postdoctoral Fellow
      • 2014-2014 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Dartmouth College, Postdoctoral Researcher
      • 2013 - PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
      • 2004 - BS, Rutgers University

      Research Topics:

      • Environmental Epidemiology
      • Exposure Science
      • Reproductive and Child Health
      • Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
      • Flame Retardants
      • Exposome
      • DoHAD

      Selected Awards and Honors

      • Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health - Collaborative on Health and the Environment, 2017
      • Science Communication Fellowship - Advancing Green Chemistry, 2017
      • Champion of Toxics Use Reduction - Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell, 2016, 2017
      • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Reproductive Environmental Epidemiology, 2014-2017
      • Article of the Month - 2015
      • Children’s Environmental Health Network 
      • Best Graduate Student Platform Presentation - 2013
      • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, North Atlantic Chapter 
      • Katherine Skinner Memorial Prize for Commitment to the Study of Women’s Health Issues - Boston University School of Public Health, 2013
      • Katherine Connor McLaughlin Scholarship - 2013
      • Boston University 
      • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences T32 Predoctoral Fellow in Environmental Epidemiology in Community Settings, 2008-2013
      • National Society of Collegiate Scholars - 2002−2004
      • Rutgers University 
      • Women’s Endowed Athletic Scholarship - 2000−2004
      • Rutgers University

      Instructional Activities

      • FSC 843 – Exposure Science and Epidemiology

      Selected Professional Activities

      • Chair, Mentoring Committee for the International Society of Exposure Science, 2018−present
      • Organizing committee, National Conference on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, 2016-present
      • Board of Directors, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, NAC, 2015−2017
      • Member, International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment, 2013−present
      • Founder, Gymnast Flame Retardant Collaborative, 2013−present
      • Member, International Society of Exposure Science, 2006−present

      Full List of Publications at Google Scholars

      • Wambaugh JF, Bare JC, Carignan CC, Dionisio KL, Dodson RE, Jolliet O, Liu X, Meyer DE, Newton SR, Phillips KA, Price PS, Ring KL, Shin H, Sobus JR, Tal T, Ulrich EM, Vallero DA, Wetmore BA, Isaacs KK. New Approach Methodologies for Exposure Science. Cur Opinion Toxicol. 2019. 15:76-92 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cotox.2019.07.001​​​​​​
      • Dembsey NA, Brokaw FM, Stapleton HM, Dodson RE, Onasch J, Jazan E, Carignan CCIntervention to reduce gymnast exposure to f­­­lame retardants from pit foam: A case study. Environ Int. 2019. 127:868-875. PubMed PMID: 30922522.
      • Messerlian C, Williams PL, Mínguez-Alarcón L, Carignan CC, Ford JB, Butt CM, Meeker JD, Stapleton HM, Souter I, Hauser R. Organophosphate flame-retardant metabolite concentrations and pregnancy loss among women conceiving with assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2018 11; 110(6):1137-1144.e1. PMID: 30396558.
      • Ingle M, Mínguez-Alarcón L, Carignan C, Butt C, Stapleton H, Williams P, Ford J, Hauser R, Meeker J. The association between urinary concentrations of phorphorous-containing flame retardant metabolites and semen parameters among men from a fertility clinic. Int J Hygiene Environ Health. 2018. 221(5): 809-815. PubMed PMID: 29739653; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5997557.
      • Bello A, Carignan CC, Xue Y, Stapleton HM, Bello D. Exposure to organophosphate flame retardants in spray polyurethane foam applicators: Role of dermal exposure. Environ Int. 2018 Jan 29;113:55-65. PMID: PMC29421408.
      • Carignan CC, Mínguez-Alarcón L, Williams PL, Meeker JD, Stapleton HM, Butt CM, Toth TL, Ford JB, Hauser R, EARTH Study Team. Paternal urinary concentrations of organophosphate flame retardant metabolites, fertility measures, and pregnancy outcomes among couples undergoing in vitro fertilization. Environ Int. 2017 Dec11. PubMed PMID: 29241080; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5800983.
      • Carignan CC, Mínguez-Alarcón L, Butt CM, Stapleton HM, Meeker J, Williams PL, Hauser R. Flame retardant exposure and treatment outcomes among women undergoing in vitro fertilization. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Aug25;125(8). DOI:10.1289/EHP1021.
      • Minguez-Alarcón L, Christou G, Messerlian C, Williams PL, Carignan CC, Souter I, Ford JB, Calafat AM, Hauser R. Urinary triclosan concentrations and diminished ovarian reserve among women from a fertility clinic. Fertil Steril. 2017 Aug;108(2)312-319. PubMed PMID: 28583664; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5545065.
      • Carignan CC, Butt CM, Meeker J, Hauser R, Stapleton HM. Influence of storage vial material on organophosphate flame retardant metabolites in urine. Chemosphere. 2017 Aug;181:440-446. PubMed PMID: PMC28458219.
      • Hoffman K, Butt CM, Webster TF, Preston EV, Hammel SC, Makey C, Lorenzo AM, Cooper EM, Carignan CC, Meeker JD, Hauser R, Soubry A, Murphy SK, Price TM, Hoyo C, Mendelsohn E, Congleton J, Daniels JL, Stapleton CM. Temporal trends in exposure to organophosphate flame retardants in the United States. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2017 Mar 14;4(3):112-118. PubMed PMID: 28317001; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5352975.
      • Carignan CC, Fang M, Stapleton HM, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Webster TF. Urinary biomarkers of flame retardant exposure among collegiate U.S. gymnasts. Environ Int. 2016 Sep;94:362-8. PubMed PMID: 27395335; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4980234.
      • Hu XC, Andrews DQ, Lindstrom AB, Bruton TA, Schaider LA, Grandjean P, Lohmann R, Carignan CC, Blum A, Balan SA, Higgins CP, Sunderland EM. Detection of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in U.S. Drinking Water Linked to Industrial Sites, Military Fire Training Areas, and Wastewater Treatment Plants. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2016 Oct 11;3(10):344-350. PubMed PMID: 27752509; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5062567.
      • Carignan CC, Punshon T, Karagas MR, Cottingham KL. Potential Exposure to Arsenic from Infant Rice Cereal. Ann Glob Health. 2016 Jan-Feb;82(1):221-4. PubMed PMID: 27325082; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5179225.
      • Carignan CC, Karagas MR, Punshon T, Gilbert-Diamond D, Cottingham KL. Contribution of breast milk and formula to arsenic exposure during the first year of life in a US prospective cohort. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2016 Sep;26(5):452-7. PubMed PMID: 26531802; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4854790.
      • Carignan CC, Cottingham KL, Jackson BP, Farzan SF, Gandolfi AJ, Punshon T, Folt CL, Karagas MR. Estimated exposure to arsenic in breastfed and formula-fed infants in a United States cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2015 May;123(5):500-6. PubMed PMID: 25707031; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4421773.
      • Makey CM, McClean MD, Sjödin A, Weinberg J, Carignan CC, Webster TF. Temporal variability of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) serum concentrations over one year. Environ Sci Technol. 2014 Dec 16;48(24):14642-9. PubMed PMID: 25383963; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4270390.
      • Carignan CC, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Roberts SC, Stapleton HM, Sjödin A, Webster TF. Flame retardant exposure among collegiate United States gymnasts. Environ Sci Technol. 2013 Dec 3;47(23):13848-56. PubMed PMID: 24195753; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3885979.
      • Fang M, Webster TF, Gooden DM, Cooper E, McClean MD, Carignan CC, Makey C, Stapleton HM. Investigating a novel flame retardant known as V6: measurements in baby products, house dust and car dust. Environ Sci Technol. 2013;47(9):4449-4454. PMID: 23565680. PMCID: PMC3650476.
      • Carignan CC, McClean MD, Cooper EM, Watkins DJ, Fraser AJ, Heiger-Bernays W, Stapleton HM, Webster TF. Predictors of tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate metabolite in the urine of office workers. Environ Int. 2013 May;55:56-61. PubMed PMID: 23523854; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3666188.
      • Carignan CC, Abdallah MA, Wu N, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Harrad S, Webster TF. Predictors of tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBP-A) and hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCD) in milk from Boston mothers. Environ Sci Technol. 2012 Nov 6;46(21):12146-53. PubMed PMID: 22998345; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3500145.

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