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Program Publications: Harvard School of Public Health: Metals and Metal Mixtures: Cognitive Aging, Remediation, and Exposure Sources (MEMCARE)

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Metals and Metal Mixtures: Cognitive Aging, Remediation, and Exposure Sources (MEMCARE)

Center Director: Quan Lu
Grant Number: P42ES030990
Funding Period: 2020-2025
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  • Moctezuma B, Santiago Á, Burguete-García A, Martínez-Barnetche J, Morales-Gómez C, Hernandez-Chavez C, Gil G, Peterson KE, Tellez-Rojo MM, Lamadrid-Figueroa H. 2024. Single nucleotide polymorphisms of ANKK1, DDR4, and GRIN2B genes predict behavior in a prospective cohort of Mexican children and adolescents. Int J Dev Neurosci doi:10.1002/jdn.10326 PMID:38530142
  • Nwokonkwo O, Muhich C. 2024. Mechanistic insights into the selectivity for arsenic over phosphate adsorption by Fe(3+)-cross-linked chitosan using DFT. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 128(7):1689-1699. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.3c06838 PMID:38353120 PMCID:10901294
  • Punshon T, Bauer J, Karagas MR, Coker M, Weisskopf MG, Mangano J, Bidlack F, Barr M, Jackson BP. 2024. Quantified retrospective biomonitoring of fetal and infant elemental exposure using LA-ICP-MS analysis of deciduous dentin in three contrasting human cohorts. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol doi:10.1038/s41370-024-00652-3 PMID:38347123
  • Qiu X, Robert A, McAlaine K, Quan L, Mangano J, Weisskopf MG. 2024. Early-life participation in cognitively stimulating activities and risk of depression and anxiety in late life. Psychol Med 54(5):962-970. doi:10.1017/s0033291723002702 PMID:37706289 PMCID:10937330


  • Cathey A, Tamayo-Ortiz M, Tamayo-Orozco J, Meeker JD, Peterson KE, Trejo-Valdivia B, Tellez-Rojo M, Watkins DJ. 2023. Calcium supplementation and body mass index modify associations between prenatal phthalate exposure and perinatal bone ultrasound measures among pregnant women. Environ Res 233:116513. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2023.116513 PMID:37385416
  • Chen Z, Qiao Z, Wirth CR, Park H, Lu Q. 2023. Arrestin domain-containing protein 1-mediated microvesicles (ARMMs) protect against cadmium-induced neurotoxicity. Extracell Vesicle 2:100027. doi:10.1016/j.vesic.2023.100027 PMID:37614814 PMCID:PMC10443948
  • Choi S, Yang Z, Wang Q, Qiao Z, Sun M, Wiggins J, Xiang S, Lu Q. 2023. Displaying and delivering viral membrane antigens via WW domain-activated extracellular vesicles. Sci Adv 9(4):eade2708. doi:10.1126/sciadv.ade2708 PMID:36706192 PMCID:PMC9882979
  • Dai M, Geyman BM, Hu XC, Thackray CP, Sunderland EM. 2023. Sociodemographic disparities in mercury exposure from United States coal-fired power plants. Environ Sci Technol Lett doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.3c00216
  • Farsad A, Marcos-Hernandez M, Sinha S, Westerhoff P. 2023. Sous vide-inspired impregnation of amorphous titanium (hydr)oxide into carbon block point-of-use filters for arsenic removal from water. Environ Sci Technol 57(48):20410-20420. doi:10.1021/acs.est.3c06586 PMID:37948748
  • Farsad A, Niimi K, Ersan MS, Gonzalez-Rodriguez JR, Hristovski KD, Westerhoff P. 2023. Mechanistic study of arsenate adsorption onto different amorphous grades of titanium (hydr)oxides impregnated into a point-of-use activated carbon block. ACS ES&T Eng doi:10.1021/acsestengg.3c00012
  • Gupta S, Chismar A, Muhich C. 2023. Understanding the effect of single atom cationic defect sites in an Al2O3 (o12) surface on altering selenate and sulfate adsorption: An Ab Initio Study. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 127(14):6925-6937. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.3c00098 PMID:37521103 PMCID:PMC10373637
  • Laha N, Huey N, Coull BA, Mukherjee R. 2023. On statistical inference with high-dimensional sparse CCA. Inf Inference 12(4):iaad040. doi:10.1093/imaiai/iaad040 PMID:37982049 PMCID:PMC10656287
  • Leung M, Rowland ST, Coull BA, Modest AM, Hacker MR, Schwartz J, Kioumourtzoglou M, Weisskopf MG, Wilson A. 2023. Bias amplification and variance inflation in distributed lag models using low-spatial-resolution data. Am J Epidemiol 192(4):644-657. doi:10.1093/aje/kwac220 PMID:36562713 PMCID:PMC10404064
  • McGee G, Wilson A, Coull BA, Webster TF. 2023. Incorporating biological knowledge in analyses of environmental mixtures and health. Stat Med doi:10.1002/sim.9765 PMID:37161723
  • Mork D, Kioumourtzoglou M, Weisskopf MG, Coull BA, Wilson A. 2023. Heterogeneous distributed lag models to estimate personalized effects of maternal exposures to air pollution. J Am Stat Assoc doi:10.1080/01621459.2023.2258595
  • Nwokonkwo O, Pelletier V, Broud M, Muhich C. 2023. Functionalized ferrocene enables selective electrosorption of arsenic oxyanions over phosphate-a DFT examination of the effects of substitutional moieties, pH, and oxidation state. J Phys Chem A 127(37):7727-7738. doi:10.1021/acs.jpca.3c03826 PMID:37682592 PMCID:PMC10530435
  • Park H, Azzara D, Cohen ED, Boomhower S, Diwadkar AR, Himes BE, O'Reilly MA, Lu Q. 2023. Identification of novel NRF2-dependent genes as regulators of lead and arsenic toxicity in neural progenitor cells. J Hazard Mater 463:132906. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2023.132906 PMID:37939567
  • Reid E, Igou T, Zhao Y, Crittenden JC, Huang C, Westerhoff P, Rittmann BE, Drewes JE, Chen Y. 2023. The minus approach can redefine the standard of practice of drinking water treatment. Environ Sci Technol 57(18):7150-7161. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c09389 PMID:37074125 PMCID:PMC1017346
  • Rudel HE, Zimmerman JB. 2023. Elucidating the role of capping agents in facet-dependent adsorption performance of hematite nanostructures. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 15(29):34829-34837. doi:10.1021/acsami.3c05104 PMID:37441746
  • Schildroth S, Friedman A, White RF, Kordas K, Placidi D, Bauer J, Webster TF, Coull BA, Cagna G, Wright RO, Smith D, Lucchini R, Horton MK, Henn BC. 2023. Associations of an industry-relevant metal mixture with verbal learning and memory in Italian adolescents: The modifying role of iron status. Environ Res 224:115457. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2023.115457 PMID:36773645 PMCID:PMC10117691
  • Sun R, Shi A, Lin X. 2023. Differences in set-based tests for sparse alternatives when testing sets of outcomes compared to sets of explanatory factors in genetic association studies. Biostatistics 25(1):171-187. doi:10.1093/biostatistics/kxac036 PMID:36000269 PMCID:10724113
  • Wutich A, Thomson P, Jepson W, Stoler J, Cooperman AD, Doss-Gollin J, Jantrania A, Mayer A, Nelson-Nunez J, Walker W, Westerhoff P. 2023. MAD water: Integrating modular, adaptive, and decentralized approaches for water security in the climate change era. WIREs Water doi:10.1002/wat2.1680


  • Antonelli J, Wilson A, Coull BA. 2022. Multiple exposure distributed lag models with variable selection. Biostatistics doi:10.1093/biostatistics/kxac038 PMID:36073640
  • Gupta S, Nguyen NA, Muhich C. 2022. Surface water H-bonding network is key controller of selenate adsorption on [012] α-alumina: An Ab-initio study. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 617:136-146. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2022.02.128 PMID:35272167 PMCID:PMC9007919
  • Hu XC, Dai M, Sun JM, Sunderland EM. 2022. The utility of machine learning models for predicting chemical contaminants in drinking water: promise, challenges, and opportunities. Curr Environ Health Rep doi:10.1007/s40572-022-00389-x PMID:36527604
  • Laha N, Huey N, Coull BA, Mukherjee R. 2022. On statistical inference with high dimensional sparse CCA. Arxiv
  • Laha N, Mukherjee R. 2022. On support recovery with sparse CCA: information theoretic and computational limits. IEEE Trans Info Theory 69(3):1695-1738. doi:10.1109/TIT.2022.3214201
  • McGee G, Wilson A, Coull BA, Webster TF. 2022. Integrating biological knowledge in kernel-based analyses of environmental mixtures and health. Arxiv doi:10.48550/arXiv.1902.05878
  • Pammi M, Aghaeepour N, Neu J. 2022. Multiomics, artificial intelligence, and precision medicine in perinatology. Pediatric Research 8:doi:10.1038/s41390-022-02181-x PMID:35804156
  • Sharma N, Westerhoff P, Zeng C. 2022. Lithium occurrence in drinking water sources of the United States. Chemosphere 305:doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.135458 PMID:35752313



  • Ceballos DM, Cote D, Bakhiyi B, Flynn MA, Zayed J, Gravel S, Herrick RF, Labreche F. 2020. Overlapping vulnerabilities in workers of the electronics recycling industry formal sector: A commentary. Am J Ind Med doi:10.1002/ajim.23173 PMID:32851678
  • Rudel HE, Lane MM, Muhich C, Zimmerman JB. 2020. Toward informed design of nanomaterials: a mechanistic analysis of structure property function relationships for faceted nanoscale metal oxides. ACS Nano 16472-16501. doi:10.1021/acsnano.0c08356


  • Liu J, Lee JJ, Lynn P, Valeri L, Christiani DC, Bellinger DC, Wright RO, Mazumdar M, Coull BA. 2019. A Cross-validated Ensemble Approach to Robust Hypothesis Testing of Continuous Nonlinear Interactions: Application to Nutrition-Environment Studies. J Am Stat Assoc


  • Liu J, Coull BA. 2017. Robust Hypothesis Test for Nonlinear Effect with Gaussian Processes. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems
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