Courtney Carignan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Her research aims to improve reproductive and child health by investigating exposure to environmental contaminants.

Dr. Carignan received her Ph.D. from Boston University School of Public Health and completed her postdoctoral training at Dartmouth College and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


The Carignan Lab investigates exposure to contaminants in food, water, consumer and personal care products to protect reproductive and child health. Dr. Carignan conducts biomonitoring and health studies for a wide range of populations, including preconception and birth cohorts, as well as communities exposed to contaminated drinking water. Her research has contributed to public health interventions aimed at reducing exposures to contaminants including perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which has been linked to health problems including high cholesterol, hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, and cancer.

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