Center for Research on Ingredient Safety
Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Pharmacology and ToxicologyFood Safety and Toxicology Building
1129 Farm Lane, Rm 323
East Lansing, MI 48824
Dr. Carignan is an environmental exposure scientist and epidemiologist whose research helps protect reproductive and child health by investigating exposure to mixtures of ingredients and contaminants in consumer products, drinking water and food. She has conducted biomonitoring and health studies for a wide range of populations including infertile couples, pregnant women, infants, new mothers, office workers, gymnasts, and communities exposed to contaminated drinking water. This research has contributed to public health interventions aimed at reducing exposures to flame retardants, perfluoroalkyl substances, and arsenic. Broad implications of her work are the importance of considering multiple exposures, preconception as a sensitive window of development, and the need for improved strategies to avoid regrettable substitution.
Dr. Carignan holds a joint appointment in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. She has received numerous awards including the Katherine Skinner Memorial Prize for Commitment to the Study of Women’s Health Issues, Champion of Toxics Use Reduction, and Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health.
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Dr. Carignan has experience teaching Introduction to Environmental Health for graduate and undergraduate students and regularly guest lectures on the topics of environmental exposure science and epidemiology. Her multi-disciplinary case study on climate change and health received an award from the Harvard Public Health Case-Based Teaching and Learning Initiative.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2017
Dartmouth College, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014-2014
Boston University School of Public Health, Ph.D., 2013, Environmental Health
Rutgers University, B.S., 2004, Biological Sciences
Selected Professional Activities
- Co-organizer, Complex Mixtures Working Group, 2015−2017
- 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
Awards and Honors
Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health - 2017
Collaborative on Health and the Environment
Science Communication Fellowship - 2017
Advancing Green Chemistry
Champion of Toxics Use Reduction - 2016, 2017
Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell
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 - 2013
Boston University School of Public Health
Katherine Connor McLaughlin Scholarship - 2013
National Society of Collegiate Scholars - 2002−2004
Women’s Endowed Athletic Scholarship - 2000−2004
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.