Dr. John Meeker is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the University of Michigan School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Iowa State University, as well as M.S. and Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degrees in Environmental Science & Engineering and Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk, respectively, from Harvard University, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Environmental and Reproductive Epidemiology. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Dr. Meeker's work is wide-ranging, and focuses on defining sources, magnitudes and consequences of human exposure to environmental and occupational contaminants, as well as identifying and evaluating strategies to control harmful exposures. Much of his current research involves human exposure science and reproductive and developmental epidemiology studies of known or suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as phthalates, BPA, pesticides, flame retardants, and others. Dr. Meeker is principal investigator on numerous large-scale research studies, is Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives, and has served on numerous peer-review and advisory panels for EPA, NIH, and others in recent years.
EHS550: Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health
EHS601: Foundations in Environmental Health Sciences
EHS657: Advanced Exposure Assessment
EHS668: Professional Seminar in Occupational Health
Sc.D., Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk, Harvard University, 2004
M.S., Environmental Science & Engineering, Harvard University, 2001
B.S., Industrial Technology, Iowa State University, 1999
Research Interests & Projects
There is growing evidence and concern that reproductive and developmental health is impacted by our surrounding environment. Well-designed, hypothesis-based human studies are greatly needed to explore these relationships and inform risk reduction strategies. Exposure assessment is a vital component in environmental epidemiologic studies, yet the details of measuring exposure and the appropriateness of the exposure measures being used are often times overlooked. Inadequate attention to exposure estimation can lead to substantial exposure measurement error or misclassification, which ... More >>
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Meeker, J.D., Ferguson, K.K. (2011). Relationship between urinary phthalate and bisphenol A concentrations and serum thyroid measures in U.S. adults and adolescents from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2008 Environmental Health Perspectives, 10, 1396-1402.
Meeker, J.D., Maity, A., Missmer, S.A., Williams, P.L., Mahalingaiah, S., Ehrlich, S., Berry, K.F., Altshul, L., Perry, M.J., Cramer, D.W., Hauser, R. (2011). Serum concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls in relation to in vitro fertilization outcomes Environmental Health Perspectives, 7, 1010-1016.
Meeker, J.D., Ferguson, K.K. (2012). Phthalates: Human exposure and related health effects In Schecter, A. (Ed.) Dioxins and Health Including Other Persistent Organic Pollutants and Endocrine Disruptors, 3rd Edition John Wiley & Sons.
Ferguson, K.K., Loch-Caruso, R., Meeker, J.D. (2012). Exploration of oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in relation to urinary phthalate metabolites: NHANES 1999-2006 Environmental Science and Technology, 1, 477-485.
Meeker, J.D., Ehrlich, S., Toth, T.L., Wright D.L., Calafat, A.M., Trisini, A.T., Ye, X., Hauser, R. (2010). Semen quality and sperm DNA damage in relation to urinary bisphenol A among men from an infertility clinic Reproductive Toxicology, 4, 532-539.
Meeker, J.D., Stapleton, H.M. (2010). House dust concentrations of organophosphate flame retardants in relation to hormone levels and semen quality parameters Environmental Health Perspectives, 3, 3118-323.
Meeker, J.D. (2010). Exposure to environmental endocrine disrupting compounds and men's health Maturitas, 3, 236-241.
Meeker, J.D., Susi, P.L., Flynn, M.R. (2010). Hexavalent chromium exposure and control in welding tasks with an emphasis on construction Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 11, 607-615.
Meeker, J.D., Sathyanarayana, S., Swan, S.H. (2009). Phthalates and other additives in plastics: Human exposure and associated health outcomes Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences, 1526, 2097-2113.
Meeker, J.D., Hu, H., Cantonwine, D.E., Lamadrid-Figueroa, H., Calafat, A.M., Ettinger, A.S., Hernandez-Avila, M., Loch-Caruso, R., Tellez-Rojo, M.M. (2009). Urinary phthalate metabolites in relation to preterm birth in Mexico City Environmental Health Perspectives, 10, 1587-1592.
Associate Editor, Environmental Health Perspectives
Member, International Society of Exposure Science
Member, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association
Member, American Society for Reproductive Medicine