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Courtney C. Carignan

Courtney CarignanAssistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Food Safety and Toxicology Building
1129 Farm Lane Rm. 204
East Lansing, MI 48824

Research Interests:
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.

Educational Background:
Rutgers University, B.S., 2004, Biological Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health, Ph.D., 2013, Environmental Health
Dartmouth College, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2013-2014
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2017

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


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