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Bruce Alexander Ph.D.

Professor, Interim Division Head

School of Public HealthDivision of Environmental Health Sciences

Address 420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 807 Minneapolis MN 55455 Work Phone: 612-625-7934

Biography

Bruce Alexander earned an M.S. in environmental health from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Washington. Dr. Alexander’s expertise and scholarly interests are in the epidemiology of health effects due to chemical and physical hazards encountered in the environment, and the longer-term consequences of occupational and environmental disease and injury that are relevant to local, national, and global populations.

  • Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of Washington M.S. Environmental Health, Colorado State University

Expertise:

Cancer: Risk Factors / Incidence, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Injuries / Injury Prevention, Mining Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Pulmonary Disease, Research Methods

Professional Experience:

1987-1989 Epidemiologist, American Refugee Committee, Aranyaprathet, Thailand, Site 2 Camp for Displaced Cambodians. 1989-1990 Research Assistant, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. 1990-1994 Pre-Doctoral Trainee, NIEHS Training Grant, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine. 1994-1996 Post-doctoral Fellow in Epidemiology, NIEHS Training Grant, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine. 1996-1998 Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. 1998-2005 Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2005-present Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Research Interests:

Occupational and environmental epidemiology with emphasis on determinants of cancer, respiratory disease traumatic injury,  biological markers and global health.

Selected Publications:

  • Baker BA, Alexander BH, Mandel JS, Acquavella JF, Honeycutt R, Chapman P. Farm Family Exposure Study: methods and recruitment practices for a biomonitoring study of pesticide exposure. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology 2005; 15:491-499.
  • Zabel EW, Alexander BH, Mongin SJ, Doody, MM, Sigurdson AJ, Linet MS, Freedman DM, Hauptmann M, Mabuchi K, Ron E. Thyroid Cancer Incidence and Employment as a Radiologic Technologist International Journal of Cancer 2006;119:1940-1945.
  • Alexander BH, Burns CJ, Bartels MJ, Acquavella JF, Mandel JS, Gustin C, Baker B. Chlorpyrifos Exposure in Farm Families: Results form the Farm Family Exposure Study. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 2006 16, 447-456.
  • Carlson KF, Langner DM, Alexander BH, Gurney J, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD, Renier CM, Mongin SJ. Do parents’ agriculture-related injuries influence their children’s risk of injury? Analyses from the Regional Rural Injury Study-II, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2006; 160:1137-1142.
  • Alexander BH, Burns CJ, Bartels MJ, Acquavella JF, Mandel JS, Gustin C, Baker B. 2,4-D Exposure in Farm Families: Results form the Farm Family Exposure Study. Environmental Health Perspectives 2007;115:370-376
  • Alexander BH, Olsen GW. Bladder cancer in perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride manufacturing workers. Annals of Epidemiology. 2007;17(6):471-8.
  • Grice MM, Alexander BH, Hoffbeck R, Kampa DM. Self-reported medical conditions in perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride manufacturing workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2007 49(7):722-729.
  • Scher DP, Alexander BH, Adgate JL, Eberly LE, Mandel JS, Acquavella JF, Bartels MJ, Brzak KA. Agreement of pesticide biomarkers between morning void and 24-h urine samples from farmers and their children. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology 2007;17(4):350-7.
  • Lonn S, Bhatti P, Alexander BH, Pineda MA, Doody MM, Struewing JP, Sigurdson AJ. Papillary thyroid cancer and polymorphic variants in TSHR- and RET-related genes: a nested case-control study within a cohort of U.S. radiologic technologists. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2007;16(1):174-7.
  • Grice MM, Feda D, McGovern P, Alexander BH, McCaffery D, Ukestad, L. Giving birth and returning to work: The impact of work-family conflict on women’s health after childbirth. Annals of Epidemiology 2007;17(10):791-8.
  • Sigurdson AJ, Bhatti P, Doody MM, Hauptmann M, Bowen L, Simon SL, Weinstock RW, Linet MS, Rosenstein, M, Stovall M, Alexander BH, Preston DL, Struewing JP, P Rajaraman. Polymorphisms in apoptosis- and proliferation-related genes, ionizing radiation exposure, and risk of breast cancer among U.S. Radiologic Technologists. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 2007 16(10) 2000-2007.
  • Larson-Bright M, Gerberich SGG, Alexander BH, Gurney JG,. Masten AS, Church TR, Ryan AD, Renier CM. Work practices and childhood agricultural injury. Injury Prevention 2007 2007;13(6):409-15
  • Scher DP, Sawchuk RJ, Alexander BH, Adgate JL. Estimating absorbed dose of pesticides in a field setting using biomonitoring data and pharmacokinetic models. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A 2008;71(6):373-83.
  • Chodick G, Bekiroglu N, Hauptmann M, Alexander BH, Freedman DM, Doody MM, Cheung LC, Simon SL, Weinstock RM, Bouville A, Sigurdson, AJ. Risk of cataract after exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation: A 20-year prospective cohort study among US radiologic technologists. American Journal of Epidemiology 2008 ;168(6):620-31.
  • Erkal S, Gerberich SG, Ryan A, Renier CM, Alexander BH. Animal-related injuries: a population-based study of a five-state region in the upper Midwest: Regional Rural Injury Study II. Journal of Safety Research (2008. 39(4): p. 351-63.
  • Grice MM, McGovern P, Alexander BH. Flexible work arrangements and their association with job and home spillover in women after childbirth. Occupational Medicine 2008. 58(7): p. 468-74
  • Johnson K, Alexander BH, Doody MM, Sigurdson AS, Linet MS, Spector LG, Hoffbeck RW, Simon SL, Weinstock RM, Preston DL, Ross JA. Childhood Cancer in the Offspring of U.S. Radiologic Technologists Born from 1921-1984. British Journal of Cancer 2008;99(3):545-50.
  • Bhatti P, Doody MM, Alexander BH, Yuenger J, Simon SL, Weinstock RM, Rosenstein M, Stovall M, Abend M, Preston DL, Pharoah P, Struewing JP, and Sigurdson AJ, Breast cancer risk polymorphisms and interaction with ionizing radiation among U.S. radiologic technologists. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 2008. 17(8): p. 2007-11.
  • Rajaraman P, Bhatti P, Doody MM, Simon SL, Weinstock RM, Linet MS, Rosenstein M, Stovall M, Alexander BH, Preston DL, and Sigurdson AJ, Nucleotide excision repair polymorphisms may modify ionizing radiation-related breast cancer risk in US radiologic technologists. International Journal of Cancer, 2008. 123(11): p. 2713-6.
  • Sigurdson AJ, Bhatti P, Preston DL, Doody MM, Kampa D, Alexander BH, Petibone D, Yong LC, Edwards AA, Ron E, and Tucker JD, Routine diagnostic X-ray examinations and increased frequency of chromosome translocations among U.S. radiologic technologists. Cancer Research, 2008. 68(21): p. 8825-31.
  • Carlson KF, Gerberich SG, Alexander BH, Masten AS, Church TR, Shutske JM, Ryan AD, and Renier CM, Children’s behavioral traits and risk of injury: analyses from a case-control study of agricultural households. Journal of Safety Research, 2009. 40(2): p. 97-103.
  • Lundin, JL, Alexander BH, Olsen GW, Church TR. Mortality of employees of an ammonium perfluorooctanoate production facility. Epidemiology 2008 (In Press).
    Hatfield LA, Hoffbeck RW, Alexander BH, Carlin BP. Spatiotemporal and Spatial Threshold Models for Relating UV Exposures and Skin Cancer in the Central United States. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis 2008 (In Press)