John Meeker, Sc.D., C.I.H.

John Meeker

Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Associate Dean for Research, School of Public Health

1835 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 764-7184

E-mail: ;

Website(s): Lab Group; PubMed Search (JD Meeker); Google Scholar

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. John Meeker is Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 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 various peer-review and advisory panels for EPA, NIH, and others in recent years.

Courses Taught

EHS550: Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health
EHS657: Advanced Exposure Assessment


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

Dr. Meeker has been involved in research projects that span a range of topics in environmental and occupational health. Recent interests include exposure assessment and epidemiology studies investigating health impacts associated with exposure to pesticides, phthalates, bisphenol A, flame retardants, PCBs, tobacco smoke, and other agents, as well as approaches to evaluate, minimize, and account for exposure measurement error in epidemiology studies. Other related research interests are the study of exposure biomarkers, environmental factors associated with reproductive health, and assessment of occupational exposures and engineering controls within the construction industry.

Phthalate Exposure and Molecular Epidemiologic Markers of Preterm Birth among Women in Puerto Rico
Principal Investigator: Meeker, J
Sponsor: NIEHS

Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PRoTECT)
Principal Investigator: Alshawabkeh, A
Sponsor: NIEHS

Maternal Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Pregnancy Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Meeker, J
Sponsor: Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute

Environmental Agents and Reproductive Health (EARtH)
Principal Investigator: Hauser, R (Harvard SPH)
Sponsor: NIEHS

Tools and Programs for Health in Construction (TAPS)
Principal Investigator: Stafford, P (CPWR)
Sponsor: NIOSH

Selected Publications

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Meeker, J.D. (2012). Environmental Endocrine Disruptors and Child Health. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 10, 952-958.

Anaya A, Padilla I, Machiavelli, R, Vesper D, Meeker JD, Alshawabkeh A (2014). Estimating preferential flow in karstic aquifers using statistical mixed models. Groundwater

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.

Professional Affiliations

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

Recent News Items

  • "The New Problem with Your Dinner," Rodale, February 28, 2013
  • "BPA Linked to Male Infertility ," Rodale News, April 09, 2012
  • "Exposure to Common Chemicals May Affect Thyroid Function," MSN Health, July 14, 2011
  • "BPA Makes Male Mice Less Masculine and Less Appealing to Mates ," Time, June 28, 2011
  • "PCBs May Impair Fertility," Science News, February 28, 2011
  • "Study: BPA Linked to Higher Testosterone Levels," WebMD-online, August 26, 2010
  • "BPA May Harm Sperm, Study Says,", August 09, 2010
  • "Blood Concentrations Of PBDE Flame Retardants Mirror Levels In Dust,", June 10, 2010
  • "Chemical in common consumer products (phthalates) may play a role in pre-term births," Science Daily, July 06, 2009
  • "The environmental toll of plastics," Environmental Health News, July 02, 2009
  • "Research links PBDEs in house dust to lowered testosterone in men," Environmental Science & Technology, April 29, 2009
  • "Use of local exhaust ventilation system cuts manganese welding fume exposure," BNA Reporter, December 11, 2007
  • "Environmental Thyroid Threats,", September 01, 2007
  • "Miscarriage risk increases if parents smoked," Reuters.UK, August 30, 2007