Below are peer-reviewed publications that were carried out with support from PROTECT, award number P42ES017198 from the National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences.
The publications can be also found at NIH RePORTER website.

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  1. Cantonwine DE, Ferguson KK, Mukherjee B, Chen YH, Smith NA, Robinson JN, Meeker JD, McElrath TF. Utilizing Longitudinal measures of fetal growth to create a standard method to assess the impacts of maternal disease and environmental exposure. PLoS One. 2016 Jan 5;11(1):e0146532. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146532. PMID: 26731406; PMCID: PMC4701464. [Project 1]
  2. Fallahpour N., Yuan S., Rajic Lj., Alshawabkeh A., Hydrodechlorination of TCE in a circulated electrolytic column at high flow rate, Chemosphere 144 (2015), 59–64. PMID:26344148 [PubMed - in process] PMCID:PMC4695317 [Available on 2017-02-01]. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.08.037. [Project 5]
  3. Ghasemizadeh R., Yu X., Butscher C., Padilla I.Y., Alshawabkeh A.N., Improved regional groundwater flow modeling using drainage features: a case study of the central northern karst aquifer system of Puerto Rico (USA), Hydrogeology Journal, 2016 April. [Project 4]
  4. Lan J., Gou N., Rahman S.; Gao C., He, Miao H., Gu A. A quantitative toxicogenomics assay for high-throughput and mechanistic genotoxicity assessment and screening of environmental pollutants, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2016 Feb 8. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26855253. [Project 5]
  5. Rajic L., Fallahpour N., Podlaha E., Alshawabkeh A.N., The influence of cathode material on electrochemical degradation of trichloroethylene in aqueous solution, Chemosphere Volume 147, March 2016, 98–104. [Project 5]


  1. Boldenow E, Hassan I, Chames MC, Xi C, Loch-Caruso R. The trichloroethylene metabolite s-(1,2-dichlorovinyl)-l-cysteine but not trichloroacetate inhibits pathogen-stimulated TNF-α in human extraplacental membranes in vitro. Reprod Toxicol. 2015 Jan 31. pii: S0890-6238(15)00008-8. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2015.01.007. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25653212. [Project 2]
  2. Boldenow E, Hogan KA, Chames MC, Aronoff DM, Xi C, Loch-Caruso R. Role of cytokine signaling in group B streptococcus-stimulated expression of human beta defensin-2 in human extraplacental membranes. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 2015 Mar;73(3):263-72. doi: 10.1111/aji.12325. Epub 2014 Sep 29. PubMed PMID: 25263616; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4323989. Epub ahead of print. [Project 2]
  3. Cantonwine DE, Ferguson KK, McElrath TF, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Variability of urinary bisphenol a levels during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth. Environ. Health Perspect., 2015; 123:895-901. PMID 25815860. [Project 1]
  4. Chen YH, Ferguson KK, Meeker JD, McElrath TF, Mukherjee B. Statistical methods for modeling repeated measures of maternal environmental exposure biomarkers during pregnancy in association with preterm birth. Environ Health, 2015; 14(1):9. PMID 25619201. [Project 1]
  5. Ferguson KK, McElrath TF, Chen YH, Loch-Caruso R, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Repeated measures of urinary oxidative stress biomarkers during pregnancy and preterm birth. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb;212(2):208.e1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2014.08.007. Epub 2014 Aug 8. PubMed PMID: 25111586; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4312513. [Project 1, Project 2]
  6. Ferguson KK, McElrath TF, Chen YH, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Urinary phthalate metabolites and biomarkers of oxidative stress in pregnant women: a repeated measures analysis. Environ. Health Perspect., In Press. PMCID: PMC4348741. [Project 1]
  7. Ferguson KK, Meeker JD. The role of environmental exposures in preterm birth. In: Hughes C and Water M (eds.) Translational toxicology: defining a new therapeutic discipline. Springer Publishing, London, UK: In Press. [Project 1]
  8. Ferguson KK, McElrath TF, Mukherjee B, Loch-Caruso R, Meeker JD. Associations between Maternal Biomarkers of Phthalate Exposure and Inflammation Using Repeated Measurements across Pregnancy. PLoS One, 2015; 10(8):e0135601. PMID 26317519 [Project 1]
  9. Ferguson KK, McElrath TF, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Phthalate metabolites and bisphenol A in association with circulating angiogenic markers across pregnancy. Placenta, 2015; 36(6):699-703. PMID 25913709 [Project 1]
  10. Gao C., Weisman D., Lan J., Gou N., Gu A.Z., Toxicity mechanisms identification via gene set enrichment analysis of time-series toxicogenomics data: impact of time and concentration, Environ. Sci. Technol. 49 (7), (2015), 4618–4626. PMID: 25785649 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]. doi: 10.1021/es505199f. [Project 5]
  11. Ghasemizadeh R, X. Yu, C. Butscher, F. Hellweger F, I. Padilla, A. Alshawabkeh, 2015, Equivalent Porous Media (EPM) Simulation of Groundwater Hydraulics and Contaminant Transport in Karst Aquifers. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0138954. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138954. PMID: 26422202 [PubMed - in process] PMCID: PMC4589392. [Project 4, Project 5]
  12. Guilloty N, Soto R, Anzalota del Toro LV, Rosario Z, Cordero JF, Palacios C. 2015. Diet, pre-pregnancy BMI, and gestational weight gain in Puerto Rican Women. Maternal and Child Health Journal. doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1764-4. PubMed PMID: 26100133; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4596788. [Core C]
  13. Johns LE, Cooper GS, Galizia A, Meeker JD. Exposure assessment issues in epidemiology studies of phthalates. Environ Int, 2015; 85:27-39. PMID 26313703. [Project 1]
  14. Johns LE, Ferguson KK, Soldin OP, Cantonwine DE, Rivera-Gonzalez LO, Anzalota Del Toro L, Calafat AM, Ye X, Alshawabkeh A, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. Urinary phthalate metabolites in relation to maternal serum thyroid and sex hormone levels during pregnancy. Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol., In Press. PMCID: PMC4326411. [Project 1, Core C]
  15. Lan J., Hu M., Gao C., Alshawabkeh A., Gu  A.Z., Toxicity assessment of 4‐methyl-1-cyclohexanemethanol and its metabolites in response to a recent chemical spill in West Virginia, USA, Environ. Sci. Technol. 49 (10), (2015b), 6284–6293. PMID: 25961958 [PubMed - in process].  doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00371. [Project 5]
  16. Lan J., Gou N., Gao C., Miao H., Gu A.Z., Comparative and mechanistic genotoxicity assessment of nanomaterials via a quantitative toxicogenomics approach across multiple species, Environ. Sci. Technol.  48 (21), (2014), 12937–12945. PMID: 25338269 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]. PMCID: PMC4224493.  doi: 10.1021/es503065q. [Project 5]
  17. Lewis RC, Cantonwine DE, Anzalota Del Toro L, Calafat AM, Valentin-Blasini L, Davis MD, Monesano MA, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. Distribution and determinants of urinary biomarkers of exposure to organophosphate insecticides in Puerto Rican pregnant women. Sci Total Environ, 2015; 512-513C:337-344. PMID 25634738. [Project 1, Core C]
  18. Lewis RC, Johns LE, Meeker JD. Serum Biomarkers of Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Relation to Serum Testosterone and Measures of Thyroid Function among Adults and Adolescents from NHANES 2011-2012. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 2015; 12:6098-6114. [Project 1]
  19. Li, X., Yu, L., Kaeli, D., Yao, Y., Wang, P., Giese, R., Alshawabkeh, A. (2015) Big Data Analysis on Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats, The First International Conference on Big Data, Small Data, Linked Data and Open Data,  ISBN 978-1-61208-445-9. [Project 3, Core D]
  20. Maihemuti, B., R. Ghasemizadeh, X. Yu, I. Padilla, Akram N. Alshawabkeh, 2015, Simulation of Regional Karst Aquifer System and Assessment of Groundwater Resources in Manatí-Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Journal of Water Resource and Protection Vol.7 (12), 909-922. doi: 10.4236/jwarp.2015.712075. [Project 4, Project 5]
  21. Mudarra M, Padilla I, Howard J, Torres P, Irrizary C, Meeker JD. Variations of chlorinated volatile organic compounds in groundwater of Northern Puerto Rico during wet and dry seasons. Environ. Pollut., 2013, In Press. [Project 1], Project 4]
  22. Padilla, Ingrid Y., Vilda L. Rivera, and Celys Irizarry, Spatiotemporal Response of CVOC Contamination and Remedial Actions in Eogenetic Karst Aquifers, 2015, Proceedings of the 14th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Rochester, Minnesota October 5-9, 2015. [Project 4]
  23. Park HR, Loch-Caruso R. Protective effect of (±)α-tocopherol on brominated diphenyl ether-47-stimulated prostaglandin pathways in human extravillous trophoblasts in vitro. Toxicol In Vitro. 2015 Oct;29(7):1309-18. doi: 10.1016/j.tiv.2015.05.015. Epub 2015 May 27. PubMed PMID: 26026498; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4553091. [Project 2]
  24. Rajic L, Fallahpour N, Oguzie E, Alshawabkeh A, Electrochemical transformation of thichloroethylene in groundwater by Ni-containing cathodes, Electrochimica Acta, 2015, doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2015.03.112 [Project 5]
  25. Rajic L, Fallahpour N, Nazari R, Alshawabkeh A., Influence of humic substances on electrochemical degradation of trichloroethylene in limestone aquifers, Electrochimica Acta, 2015, doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2015.03.121 [Project 5]
  26. Rajic L, Fallahpour N, Nazari R, Alshawabkeh A., Impact of electrode sequence on electrochemical removal of trichloroethylene from aqueous solution, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol. 174–175, 2015, 427–434. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.03.018 [Project 5]
  27. Rajic L., Nazari R., Fallahpour N., Alshawabkeh A.N., Electrochemical degradation of trichloroethylene in aqueous solution by bipolar graphite electrodes, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 4 (1) (2015), 197–202. [Project 5]
  28. Silver MK, Meeker JD. Endocrine disruption of developmental pathways and children’s health. In: Darbre PD (ed.) Endocrine disruption and human health. Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK: In Press. [Project 1]
  29. Soto R, Guilloty N, Anzalota Del Toro LV, Rosario Z, Cordero JF, Cordero JF, Palacios C. 2015. Association between maternal diet factors and hemoglobin levels, glucose tolerance, blood pressure and gestational age in a Hispanic population. Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion. 15(2):28, Vol 65 Num 2. PMID: 26817380 [PubMed - in process]. [Core C]
  30. Tetz LM, Aronoff DM, Loch-Caruso R. Mono-ethylhexyl phthalate stimulates prostaglandin secretion in human placental macrophages and THP-1 cells. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2015 Jun 3;13:56. doi: 10.1186/s12958-015-0046-8. PubMed PMID: 26036283; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4462084. [Project 2]
  31. Wang, P., Zhang, Q., Yao, Y., Giese, R.W. (2015) Cationic Xylene Tag for Increasing Sensitivity in Mass Spectrometry, J. Am Soc. Mass Spectrom. 26, 1713-1721. DOI:10.1007/s13361-015-1200-4. PMID: 26115969 [PubMed - in process] PMCID: PMC4567951. [Project 3]
  32. Watkins DJ, Ferguson KK, Anzalota Del Toro LV, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. Associations between urinary phenol and paraben concentrations and markers of oxidative stress and inflammation among pregnant women in Puerto Rico, Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Heal., 2014, In Press. PMID: 25435060 PMCID: PMC4323928 [Project 1, Core C]
  33. Yu X, Ghasemizadeh R, Padilla I, Meeker JD, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh AN, Sociodemographic patterns of household water-use costs in Puerto Rico, Sci. Total Environ., 2015, 524-535:300-309 PMID: 25897735 [Project 1, Project 4, Project 5, Core C]
  34. Yu X, Ghasemizadeh R, Padilla I, Irizarry C, Kaeli D, Alshawabkeh A. Spatiotemporal changes of CVOC concentrations in karst aquifers: Analysis of three decades of data from Puerto Rico, Sci. Total Environ., 2015, 511: 1-10. PMID: 25522355 PMCID: PMC4330126 [Project 4, Project 5, Core D]


  1. Boldenow E, Hogan KA, Chames MC, Aronoff DM, Xi C, Loch-Caruso R. Role of Cytokine Signaling in Group B Streptococcus-Stimulated Expression of Human Beta Defensin-2 in Human Extraplacental Membranes. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 2014 Epub ahead of print. PMID: 25263616. PMCID: In process. [Project 2]
  2. Cantonwine DE, Cordero JF, Rivera-Gonzalez LO, Anzalota del Toro LV, Ferguson KK, Mukherjee B, Calafat AM, Ye X, Crespo N, Jimenez-Velez B, Padilla IY, Alshawabkeh AN, Meeker JD.  Urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations among pregnant women in Puerto Rico: Distribution, temporal variability, and predictorsEnvironmental International. 2014: 62C pp 1-11. PMCID: PMC3874859 [Available on 2015/1/1] [Project 1Project 4Project 5Core C]
  3. Ferguson KK, McElrath TF, Chen YH, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Longitudinal profiling of inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein during uncomplicated and preterm pregnancyAmerican Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 2014:72(3) pp326-36. PMID: 24807462. PMCID: In process. [Project 1]
  4. Ferguson KK, David E, Cantonwine DE, Rivera-Gonzalez LO, Rita Loch-Caruso, Mukherjee B, Liza V, Anzalota del Toro LV, Braulio Jimenez, Calafat AM, Ye X, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero, Meeker JD. Urinary phthalate metabolite associations with biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress across pregnancy in Puerto RicoEnvironmental Science & Technology. 2014:48(12) pp 7018-7025. PMCID: PMC4066910 [Available on 2015/5/20] [Project 1, Project 2, Core C]
  5. Ferguson KK, McElrath TF, Ko YA, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Variability in urinary phthalate metabolite levels across pregnancy and sensitive windows of exposure for the risk of preterm birthEnviron Int. 2014:70 pp 118-24. PMID: 24934852. PMCID: PMC4104181. Environ Int. 2014:70 pp 118-24. PMID: 24934852. PMCID: PMC4104181. [Available on 2015/9/1] [Project 1]
  6. Ferguson KK, McElrath TF, Meeker JD. Environmental phthalate exposure is associated with increased odds of preterm birthJAMA Pediatr. 2014:168(1) pp 61-7. PMID: 24247736. PMCID In Process. [Project 1]
  7. Ferguson KK, O’Neill MS, Meeker JD. Environmental contaminant exposures and preterm birth: A comprehensive reviewJ Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev, 2014:16(2) pp-69-113. PMCID: PMC3889157. [Project 1]
  8. Ferguson KK, Peterson KE, Lee JM, Mercedo-Garcia A, Goldenberg CB, Tellez-Rojo MM, Meeker JD. Prenatal and peripubertal phthalates and BPA in relation to sex hormones and puberty in boys. Reprod. Toxicol., 2014, 47: 70-76. PMCID: PMC4117729. [Project 1]
  9. Fortenberry GZ, Meeker JD, Sánchez BN, Barr DB, Panuwet P, Bellinger D, Schnaas L,  Solano-González M, Ettinger AS, Hernandez-Avila M, Hu H, Tellez-Rojo MM. Urinary 3, 5, 6-trichloro-2-pyridinol (TCPY) in pregnant women from Mexico City: distribution, temporal variability, and relationship with child attention and hyperactivityInt J Hyg Environ Health. 2014:217(2-3) pp 405-12. PMID: 204001412. PMCID: PMC3946926 [Available on 2015-3-1]. [Project 1]
  10. Fortenberry GZ, Meeker JD, Sánchez BN, Bellinger D, Peterson K, Schnaas L, Solano-González M, Ettinger AS, Hernandez-Avila M, Hu H, Maria Tellez-Rojo M. Paraoxonase I polymorphisms and attention/hyperactivity in school-age children from Mexico City, MexicoEnviron Res. 2014:132 pp 342-9. PMID: 24834831. [Project 1]
  11. Gou N, Yuan S, Lan J, Gao C, Alshawabkeh AN, Gu AZ. A quantitative toxicogenomics assay reveals the evolution and nature of toxicity during the transformation of environmental pollutants. Environmental Science & Technology. 2014:48(15) pp 8855-8863. PMCID: PMC4123925 [Available on 2015/7/10] [Project 5]
  12. Korir ML, Knupp D, LeMerise K, Boldenow E, Loch-Caruso R, Aronoff DM, Manning SD. Association and virulence gene expression varies among serotype III group B streptococci following exposure to decidual and lung epithelial cellsInfect Immun. 2014 Aug 18. pii: IAI.02181-14. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25135682. PMCID — PMC Journal In Process. [Project 2]
  13. Lewis RC, Cantonwine DE, Anzalota Del Toro LV, Calafat AM, Valentin-Blasini L, Davis MD, Baker SE, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. Urinary biomarkers of exposure to insecticides, herbicides, and one insect repellent among pregnant women in Puerto Rico. Environ. Health, 2014, 13: 97. [Project 1, Core C]
  14. Meeker JD, Ferguson KK. Urinary phthalate metabolites are associated with decreased serum testosterone in men, women, and children from NHANES 2011-2012. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab., 2014, 99(11): 4346-4352. PMCID PMC4223430 [Project 1]
  15. Meric D, Alshawabkeh A, Shine JP, Sheahan TC. Bioavailability of hydrophobic organic compoundsin thin-layered capped sedimentsChemosphere. 2013 Dec 26:103 pp 281-9. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.12.017. PMCID: PMC3960330. [Available on 5/1/15] [Project 5]
  16. Meric D, Barbuto S, Sheahan TC, Shine JP, Alshawabkeh AN. Benchscale assessment of the efficacy of a reactive core mat to isolate PAH-spiked aquatic sedimentsSoil Sediment Contam. 2014:23(1). PMCID: PMC3869623. [Available on 1/1/15] doi: 10.1080/15320383.2013.772093. [Project 5]
  17. Park H-R, Kamau PW, Korte C, Loch-Caruso R. Tetrabromobisphenol A activates inflammatory pathways in human first trimester extravillous trophoblasts in vitro. Reprod. Toxicol., 2014, 50:154-62. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2014.10.005. Epub 2014 Oct 17. PMCID: PMC4260776. [Project 2]
  18. Park HR, Kamau PW, Loch-Caruso R. Involvement of reactive oxygen species in brominated diphenyl ether-47-induced inflammatory cytokine release from human extravillous trophoblasts in vitro. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2014 Jan 15;274(2):283-92. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2013.11.015. Epub 2013 Dec 1. PubMed PMID: 24296301; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3931445. [Project 2]
  19. Park HR, Loch-Caruso R. Protective effect of nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 on inflammatory cytokine response to brominated diphenyl ether-47 in the HTR-8/SVneo human first trimester extravillous trophoblast cell line. Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol., 2014, 281(1): 67-77. pii: S0041-008X(14)00354-8. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2014.09.015. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25305463. PMCID: In Process [Project 2]
  20. Park SK, Tao Y, Meeker JD, Harlow SD, Mukherjee B. Environmental risk score as a new tool to examine multi-pollutants in epidemiologic research: An example from the NHANES Study using serum lipid levels. 2014. PMCID: PMC4047033. PLoS ONE 9(6): e98632. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098632. [Project 1]
  21. Peluso M, Munnia A, Bollati V, Srivatanakul P, Jedpiyawongse A, Sangrajrang S, Ceppi M, Giese RW, Boffetta P, Baccarelli A. Aberrant methylation of hypermethylated-in-cancer-1 and exocyclic DNA adducts in tobacco smokers. Toxicological Sciences.  2014:137(1) pp 47-54. doi:10.1093/toxsci/kft241   [Project 3]
  22. Peluso M, Munnia A, Tarocchi M, Arciello M, Balsano C, Giese RW, Galli A. Exocycilic DNA Adducts in a Murine Model of Non-alcoholic SteatohepatitisJ. Carcinog. Mutagen. 2014:S3(003). doi: 10.4172/2157-2518. S3-003 [Project 3]
  23. Rajic L, Fallahpour N, Yuan S, Alshawabkeh AN. Electrochemical transformation of trichloroethylene in aqueous solution by electrode polarity reversalWater Res. 2014:Sep (27C) pp 267-275. doi.10.1016/j.watres.2014.09.017. PMID: 25282093. [Project 5]
  24. Tong M, Yuan S, Zhang P, Liao P, Alshawabkeh AN, Xie X, Wang Y. Electrochemically induced oxidative precipitation of Fe(II) for As(III) oxidation and removal in synthetic groundwater, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2014, 48 (9): 5145-5153 [Project 5]
  25. Watkins DJ, Téllez-Rojo MM, Ferguson KK, Lee JM, Solano-Gonzalez M, Blank-Goldenberg C, Peterson KE, Meeker JD. In utero and peripubertal exposure to phthalates and BPA in relation to female sexual maturationEnviron Res. 2014:134C pp 233-241. PMID: 25170357. [Project 1]
  26. Yao Y, Wang P, Giese RW. Evaporative derivatization of phenols with 2-sulfobenzoic anhydride for detection by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometryRapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 2014:28 pp 653-661. doi: 10.1002/rcm.6816. [Project 3]
  27. Yuan S, Liao P, Alshawabkeh AN. Electrolytic Manipulation of Persulfate Reactivity by Iron Electrodes for TCE Degradation in GroundwaterEnviron Sci. Technol. 2014:48(1) pp 656-63. PMCID: PMC3916217. [Available on 2015/1/7] [Project 5]


  1. Anaya A, Padilla I, Macchiavelli R, Vesper D. Estimating Preferential Flow in Karst Aquifers using statistical mixed models. Ground Water. 2013 Jun 26. PMCID: PMC3818453 [Available on 2014/12/26] doi: 10.1111/gwat.12084. [Project 4]
  2. Baek K, Ciblak A, Mao X, Kim EJ, Alshawabkeh AN. Iron Anode Mediated Transformation of Selenate in Sand ColumnsWater Research. 2013:47(17) pp 6538–6545. PMCID: In process. [Project 5]
  3. Baek K, Kasem N, Ciblak A, Vesper D, Padilla I, Alshawabkeh AN. Electrochemical removal of selenate from aqueous solutions. Chemical Engineering Journal. Jan 2013: pp 215-216, 678-684. PMCID: PMC3559022. [Project 5Project 4]
  4. Boldenow E, Jones S, Lieberman RW, Chames MC, Aronoff DM, Xi C, Loch-Caruso R. Antimicrobial peptide response to Group B Streptococcus in human extraplacental membranes in culturePlacenta. 2013:34(6) pp 480-5. PMCID: PMC3664555. [Project 2]
  5. Cantonwine DE, Hauser R, Meeker JD. Bisphenol A and Human Reproductive HealthExpert Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2013:8(4). PMCID: PMC3811157. [Project 1]
  6. Kautz R, Wang P, Giese RW. NMR at the Picomole Level of a DNA AdductChem. Res. Toxicol. 2013:26 pp 1424-1429. PMCID: PMC3925674. [Available on 2014/10/21] [Project 3]
  7. Koeppe ES, Ferguson KK, Colacino J, Meeker JD. Relationship between Urinary Triclosan and Paraben Concentrations and Serum Thyroid Measures in NHANES 2007-2008. Sci Total Environ. 2013: pp 445-446 299-305. PMCID: PMC3572338. [Project 1]
  8. Lewis RC, Meeker JD, Peterson KE, Cantoral A, Schnaas L, Tellez-Rojo MM. Predictors of urinary bisphenol A and phthalate metabolite concentrations in Mexican childrenChemosphere. 2013:93(10) pp 2390-2398. PMCID: PMC3818401 [Available on 2014/11/1]. [Project 1]
  9. Meeker J, Cantonwine D, Rivera-Gonzalez L, Ferguson KK, Mukherjee B, Calafat A, Ye X, Anzalota del Toro LV, Crespo N, Jimenez-Velez B, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero J. Distribution, variability and predictors of urinary concentrations of phenols and parabens among pregnant women in Puerto Rico. Environmental Science & Technology. 2013 Apr 2:47(7) pp 3439-47. PMCID: PMC3638245. [Project 1]
  10. Meeker JD, Benedict MD. Infertility, Pregnancy Loss and Adverse Birth Outcomes in Relation to Maternal Secondhand Tobacco Smoke ExposureCurr Womens Health Rev. 2013:9(1) pp 41-49. PMCID: PMC3718565. [Project 1]
  11. Peluso M, Munnia A, Bollati V, Srivatanakul P, Jedpiyawongse A, Sangrajrang S, Ceppi M, Giese RW, Boffetta P, Baccarelli AA. Aberrant Methylation of Hypermethylated-in-Cancer-1 and Exocyclic DNA Adducts in Tobacco Smokers. Toxicol. Sci. 2013: pp 135-241. PMID: 24154486 [PubMed - in process] PMCID: PMC3871933. [Available on 2015/1/1] doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kft241. [Project 3]
  12. Peluso M, Munnia A, Ceppi M, Giese RW, Catelan D, Rusconi F, Godschalk RWL, Biggeri A. Malondialdehyde-deoxyguanosine and bulky DNA adducts in schoolchildren resident in the proximity of the Sarroch industrial estate on Sardinia Island, ItalyMutagenesis. 2013 May:28(3) pp 315-21. Epub 2013 Feb 27.  PMCID: PMC3630521. [Project 3]
  13. Sun Z, Tao Y, Li S, Ferguson KK, Meeker JD, Park SK, Batterman S, Mukherjee B. Statistical strategies for constructing health risk models with multiple pollutants and their interactions: possible choices and comparisons. Environ Health. 2013:12(1) pp 85. PMCID: PMC3857676. [Project 1]
  14. Tellez-Rojo MM, Cantoral A, Cantonwine DE, Schnaas L, Hu H, Peterson K, Meeker JD. Effect of prenatal phthalate exposure on neurodevelopment of children between two to three years of ageSci Total Environ. 2013:461-462C pp 386-390. PMCID: PMC3735862 [Available on 2014/9/1] [Project 1]
  15. Tetz L, Kamau PW, Cheng AA, Meeker JD, and Loch-Caruso R. Troubleshooting the dichlorofluorescein assay to avoid artifacts in measurement of toxicant-stimulated cellular production of reactive oxidant species. J Pharmacol Toxicol Methods. 2013 Mar-Apr:67(2) pp 56-60. Epub 2013 Feb 4. PMID: 23380227. PMCID: PMC3795613. [Project 2]
  16. Tetz LM, Cheng A, Korte C, Giese R, Wang P, Harris C, Meeker JD, Loch-Caruso R. Mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate induces oxidative stress responses in human placental cells in vitroToxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2013 Apr 1:268(1) pp 47-54. Epub 2013 Jan 27.  PMCID: PMC3657603. [Project 1,  Project 2Project 3]
  17. Xie W, Yuan S, Mao X, Hu W, Liao P, Tong M, Alshawabkeh AN. Electrocatalytic Activity of Pd-loaded Ti/TiO2 Nanotubes Cathode for TCE Reduction in GroundwaterWater research. 2013:47(11) pp 3573-3582. [Project 5]
  18. Yuan S, Chen M, Mao X, Alshawabkeh AN. A Three-electrode Column for Pd-Catalytic Oxidation of TCE in Groundwater with Automatic pH-regulation and Resistance to Reduced Sulfur Compound Foiling. Water Res. Jan 2013:47(1) pp 269-78. Epub 2012 Oct 13. PMCID: PMC3581803. [Project 5]
  19. Yuan S, Chen M, Mao X, Alshawabkeh AN. Effects of Reduced Sulfur Compounds on Pd-catalytic Hydrodechlorination of TCE in Groundwater by Cathodic H2 under Electrochemically-induced Oxidizing ConditionsEnviron. Sci. Technol. 2013:47(18) pp 10502–10509. [Project 3Project 5]
  20. Yuan S, Gou N, Alshawabkeh AN, Gu AZ. (2013) Efficient degradation of contaminants of emerging concerns by a new electro-Fenton process with Ti/MMO cathodeChemosphere. 2013:93(11) pp. 2796–2804. PMCID: In process. [Project 5]


  1. Ciblak A, Mao X, Padilla I, Vesper D, Alshawabkeh ID, Alshawabkeh AN. Electrode effects on temporal changes in pH and redox potential in electrolytes for water treatment. Environmental Science and Health Part A. 2012:47( 5) pp 718-726. PMCID: PMC3329560.[Project 5Project 4]
  2. Cordero JF, Meeker JD, Sheahan T, Padilla I, Giese R, Silevitch MB, Loch-Caruso R, Kaeli D, Alshawabkeh AN. Case Study: Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination ThreatsGeotechnical Special Publication. 2012:225  GSP pp 3553-3562. [Project 1Project 2, Project 3Project 4Project 5Core CCore DCore BCore E]
  3. Ferguson KK, Hauser R, Altshul L, Meeker JD. Serum concentrations of p,p’-DDE, HCB, PCBs and reproductive hormones among men of reproductive age. Reprod Toxicol. Nov 2012. 34(3):429-435. PMCID: PMC3419818. [Project 1]
  4. Ferguson KK, Loch-Caruso R, Meeker JD. Exploration of oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in relation to urinary phthalate metabolites: NHANES 1999-2006. Environmental Science & Technology. Jan 2012:46(1) pp 477-85. Epub 2011 Dec 1. PMCID: PMC3258337. [Project 1Project 2]
  5. Fortenberry GZ, Hu H, Turyk M, Barr DB, Meeker JD. Association between urinary 3, 5, 6-trichloro-2-pyridinol, a metabolite of chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl, and serum T4 and TSH in NHANES 1999-2002. Sci Total Environ. May 2012:1;424:351-5. Epub 2012 Mar 17. PMCID: PMC3327766 [Project 1]
  6. Gent DB, Wani A, Alshawabkeh AN.  Experimental Design for One Dimensional Electrolytic Reactive Barrier for Remediation of Munition Constituent in Groundwater. Electrochimica Acta. Dec 2012:86 pp 130-137. PMCID: PMC 3587050. [Project 5]
  7. Ghasemizadeh R, Hellweger F, Butscher C, Padilla I, Vesper D, Field M, Alshawabkeh AN. Review: Groundwater flow and transport modeling of karst aquifers, with particular reference to the North Coast limestone aquifer system of Puerto Rico. Hydrogeology Journal. Dec 2012:20(8) pp 1441-1461. PMCID: PMC 3640320. [Project 4]
  8. Latorre I, Hwang S, Sevillano M, Montalvo R. PVC Biodeterioration and DEHP Leaching by DEHP-degrading Bacteria. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. Apr 2012:69 pp 73–81. PMCID: PMC3377483. [Project 4]
  9. Latorre I, Hwang S., Montalvo R. Isolation and Molecular Identification of Landfill Bacteria Capable of Growing on Di-(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate and Deteriorating PVC Materials. Journal of Environmental Science and Health. 2012:Part A 47(14) pp 2254-2264. PMCID: PMC3432978. [Project 4]
  10. Mao X, Ciblak A, Baek K, Amiri M, Loch-Caruso R, Alshawabkeh AN. Optimization of electrochemical dechlorination of trichloroethylene in reducing electrolytes. Water Research. Apr 2012:46(6) pp 1847–1857. PMID: 22264798 PMCID: PMC3288245. [Project 5 & Project 2]
  11. Mao X, Wang J, Ciblak A, Cox EE, Riis C, Terkelsen M, Gent DB, Alshawabkeh AN.  Electrokinetic-enhanced bioaugmentation for remediation of chlorinated solvents contaminated clay.  J Hazard Mater. Apr 2012:30 pp 213-214 311-7. Epub 2012 Feb 9.  PMCID: PMC3310245; Publ.ID: HAZMAT13988. [Project 5]
  12. Mao X, Yuan S, Fallahpour N, Ciblak A, Howard J, Padilla I, Loch-Caruso R, Alshawabkeh AN. Electrochemically induced dual reactive barriers for transformation of TCE and mixture of contaminants in groundwater. Environ Sci Technol. Nov 2012:6;46(21) pp 12003-11. Epub 2012 Oct 15. PMCID: PMC3310245. [Project 5Project 4 & Project 2]
  13. Meeker JD, Calafat AM, Hauser R. Urinary phthalate metabolites and their biotransformation products: predictors and temporal variability among men and women. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. Jul 2012:22(4) pp 376-85. doi: 10.1038/jes.2012.7. Epub 2012 Feb 22. PMCID: PMC3412392. [Project 1]
  14. Meeker JD, Ferguson KK. Male Reproductive Tract Disorders. In: Weiss B (ed). Aging and Vulnerability to Environmental Chemicals. Royal Society of Chemistry. Cambridge, UK: 2012. [Project 1]
  15. Meeker JD, Ferguson KK. Phthalates: Human exposure and related health effects. Dioxins and Persistent Organic Pollutants: Health and Toxicity. Mar 2012:(3) [Project 1]
  16. Meeker JD, Ferguson KK. Relationship between Urinary Phthalate and Bisphenol A Concentrations and Serum Thyroid Measures in U.S. Adults and Adolescents from NHANES 2007-08.” Environ Health Perspect. 2012. PMCID: PMC3230451. [Project 1]
  17. Meeker JD. Exposure to environmental endocrine disruptors and child development. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. Jun 2012 1:166(6) pp E1-7.  PMCID: PMC3572204. [Project 1]
  18. Paz-Garcia JM, Baek K, Alshawabkeh ID, Alshawabkeh AN. “A Generalized Model for Enhanced Transport of Contaminants in Soil by Electric Fields.” Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. 2012. Volume 47, Issue 2. PMID: 22242884 PMCID: PMC3267327. [Project 5]
  19. Peluso M, Munnia A, Piro S, Jedpiyawongse A, Sangrajrang S, Giese RW, Ceppi M, Boffetta P, Srivatanakul P. Fruit and vegetable and fried food consumption and 3-(2-deoxy-β-D-erythro-pentafuranosyl)pyrimido[1,2-α] purin-10(3H)-one deoxyguanosine adduct formationFree Radical Research. Jan 2012. 46(1):85-92. Epub 2011 Dec 1. PMCID: PMC3293701. [Project 3]
  20. Sarahney H., Mao X.,  Alshawabkeh A. N. “The Role of Iron Anode Oxidation on Transformation of Chromium by Electrolysis.” Electrochimica Acta, Dec 2012. V. 86, 96-101. PMCID: PMC3532856. [Project 5]
  21. Wang P, Fisher D, Rao A, Giese R. Nontargeted Nucleotide Analysis Based on Benzoylhistamine Labeling-MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS: Discovery of Putative 6-Oxo-Thymine in DNAAnal Chem. Apr 2012:17;84(8) pp 3811-9. Epub 2012 Apr 2.  PMCID: PMC3341171. [Project 3]
  22. Wang P, Gao J, Li G, Shimelis O, Giese RW. Nontargeted Analysis of DNA Adducts by Mass-Tag MS: Reaction of p-Benzoquinone with DNA. Chem. Res. Toxicol. Dec 2012:25 pp 2737-2743. PMID: 23113579 PMCID: PMC3527073. [Project 3]
  23. Wickerham EL, Lozoff B, Shao J, Kaciroti N, Xia Y, Meeker JD.  Reduced birth weight in relation to pesticide mixtures detected in cord blood of full-term infants.  Environ Int2012 Oct 15:47 pp 80-5. Epub 2012 Jul 13.  PMCID: PMC3410737. [Project 1]
  24. Wu X, Gent DB, Davis JL, Alshawabkeh AN. Lactate Injection by Electric Currents for Bioremediation of Tetrachloroethylene in Clay. Electrochimica Acta. Dec 2012:86 pp 157-163. PMCID: PMC3524988 [Project 5]
  25. Yuan S, Mao X, Alshawabkeh A. Efficient Degradation of TCE in Groundwater Using Pd and Electro-generated H2 and O2: A Shift in Pathway from Hydrodechlorination to Oxidation in the Presence of Ferrous Ions. Environmental Science & Technology. Mar 2012:46 pp 3398–3405.  PMCID: PMC3319670. [Project 5]


  1. Ferguson KK, Loch-Caruso R, Meeker JD. Urinary phthalate metabolites in relation to biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress: NHANES 1999-2006. Environ Res. Jul 2011:111(5) pp 718-26. Epub 2011 Feb 23. PMID: 21349512 PMCID: PMC3110976. [Project 1Project 2]
  2. Giese R, Editor. Selected Papers of the 4th Summer School of Monolith Technology for Biochromatography, Bioconversion and Phase State Synthesis. J. Chromatogr A. 2011:1218.
  3. Mao X, Ciblak A, Amiri M, Alshawabkeh AN.  Redox Control for Electrochemical Dechlorination of Trichloroethylene in Bicarbonate Aqueous Media. Environ Sci Technol. Jul 2011. PMCID: PMC3150566. [Project 5]
  4. Padilla I. Historical Contamination Of Groundwater Resources In The North Coast Karst Aquifers Of Puerto Rico. Dimension, a publication of the Puerto Rico Professional College of Engineers and Land Surveyors. PMCID: PMC3999440. [Project 4]
  5. Peluso M., Munnia A, Risso GG, Piro S, Ceppi M, Giese RW, Brancato B. Breast fine-needle aspiration malondialdehyde deoxyguanosine adduct in breast cancer. Free Radical Research. Apr 2011:45(4) pp 477-82. Epub 2011 Jan 21. PMID: 21250785 PMCID: PMC3315697. [Project 3]
  6. Wang P, Li G, Gao J, Giese RW, Zhang X. Intensified Neutral Loss Tags and Use Thereof in Mass Spectrometry. U.S. Patent 7,947,511 B2. 2011.
  7. Wang P, Li G, Giese RW. Non-Signal Imidazole Reagents for Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Phosphomonoesters. U. S. Patent 8,003,395 B2. 2011.
  8. Wu X, Gao H, Ke W, Giese RW, Zhu Z. The homeobox transcription factor VentX controls human macrophage terminal differentiation and proinflammatory activationJ. Clinical Investigation. 2011:121 pp 2599-2613. doi:10.1172/JCI45556.


  1. Bono R, Romanazzi V, Munnia A, Piro S, Allione A, Ricceri F, Guarrera S, Pignata C, Matullo G, Wang P, Giese RW, Peluso M. Malondialdehyde-Deoxyguanosine Adduct Formation in Workers of Pathology Wards: The Role of Air Formaldehyde ExposureChemical Research in Toxicology. Aug 2010:23(8) pp 1342-1348. PMID: 2070740. PMCID: PMC2924748. [Project 3]
  2. Cantonwine D, Meeker J, Hu H, Sanchez B, Lamadrid-Figueroa H, Mercado-Garcia A, Fortenberry G, Calafat A, Tellez-Rojo MM. Bisphenol A exposure in Mexico City and risk of prematurity: a pilot nested case control study. Environmental Health. Oct 2010:9:62. PMID: 20955576 PMCID: PMC2965706. [Project 1]
  3. Gao H, Le Y, Wu X, Silberstein LE, Giese RW, Zhu Z. VentX, a Novel Lymphoid-Enhancing Factor/T-Cell Factor-Associated Transcription Repressor, Is a Putative Tumor Suppressor. Cancer Res. 2010:70 pp 202-211. PMCID: PMC20028861.
  4. Thiex NW, Chames MC, Loch-Caruso RK. Tissue-specific induction of COX-2 and prostaglandins in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated extraplacental human gestational membranes in a 2-chamber transwell culture system.  Reprod Sci. Dec 2012:17(12) pp 1120-9. Epub 2010 Sep 22. PMID: 20861394 PMCID: PMC3096444. [Project 2]


  1. Meeker JD, Hu H, Cantonwine DE, Lamadrid-Figueroa H, Calafat AM, Ettinger AS, Hernandez-Avila M, Loch-Caruso R, Tellez-Rojo MM. Urinary phthalate metabolites in relation to preterm birth in Mexico City. Environ Health Perspect. Oct 2009:117 (10). PMID: 20019910 PMCID: PMC 2790514. [Project 1]