I joined the Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in 2014. I earned my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and my M.S. in Safety Engineering/Industrial Hygiene from Texas A&M University. I obtained my PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley where my doctoral work was supported by an EPA STAR Fellowship and focused on evaluating indoor environmental exposures among low-income Latino children living in urban and agricultural communities, validating a biomarker of pesticide exposure, and investigating the effects of pesticides on children's autonomic nervous system. I conducted my postdoctoral work at the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health.
My research focuses in children’s environmental health and, more broadly, assessing environmental exposures and their potential health effects in highly vulnerable populations including mothers, children, low-income/underserved communities, and occupational populations. Specifically, I am interested in assessing the impact of environmental exposures in homes and at schools/early childhood education (ECE) facilities; and the health impacts of pesticides, chemicals in consumer products, and unconventional gas development on vulnerable populations. I also seek to take my research a step further and design and implement interventions to mitigate environmental exposures and minimize the risk of potential adverse health outcomes.
I have experience working in children’s environmental health research, occupational health, science communication, working with Latino communities, and conducting exposure and epidemiologic pesticide research. My teaching interests are in children’s environmental health, environmental health in vulnerable populations, occupational health/industrial hygiene, and exposure assessment.
I welcome the opportunity to establish new collaborations and to work with talented undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs. For more information, please contact me.
Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA (2010)
M.S., Safety Engineering & Industrial Hygiene, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2001)
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2000)
MIEH 780 Occupational Hygiene
MIEH 480 Introduction to Occupational Health
2014: AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship Finalist
2012-15: NIEHS Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
2012-2013: Environmental Health News Science Communication Fellowship
2011: UC San Francisco Reach the Decision Makers Science Policy Fellow
2009: International Society of Exposure Science Student Poster Competition, 2nd Place
2009, 2007: Preston Scholarship for research that impacts environmental and children’s health, UC Berkeley
2008: American Public Health Association Environment Section Student Poster Award, 1st Place
2008, 2007: William Griffiths School of Public Health Alumni Scholarship, UC Berkeley
2007: Institute for Mexico and the United States Dissertation Research Fellow, UC Berkeley
2007: School of Public Health Grossman Alumni Scholarship, UC Berkeley
2005-2008: Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Doctoral Fellowship
2005: Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Student Award (occupational health research project in Nicaragua), UC Berkeley
2005: Dr. Robert T. Legge Award for academic excellence in the field of Industrial\Hygiene
2003-2005: UC Berkeley Opportunity Award (Pre-doctoral Fellowship)
2002: Brookhaven National Laboratory Spotlight Award for developing an innovative workplace injury and illness prevention program
Quirós-Alcalá L, Wilson S, Witherspoon N, Murray R, Trousdale K, Raspanti G, and Sapkota A. Volatile organic compounds and particulate matter in child care facilities in the District of Columbia: results from a pilot study. Environmental Research, 2015 Dec, 146, 116-124.
Bradman A*, Quirós-Alcalá L*, Castorina R. et al. Effect of Organic Diet Intervention on Pesticide Exposures in Young Children Living in Low-Income Urban and Agricultural Communities. Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Oct, 123, 1086-93. * Shared first-authorship
Quirós-Alcalá L, Mehta S, and Eskenazi B. Pyrethroid pesticide exposure and parental report of learning disability and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in U.S. children: NHANES 1999-2002. Environ Health Perspect. 2014; 122(12):1336-42.
Eskenazi B, Quirós-Alcalá L, et al. mSpray: a mobile phone technology to improve malaria control efforts and monitor human exposure to malaria control pesticides in Limpopo, South Africa. Environment International. 2014; 68:219-26.
Quirós-Alcalá L, Eskenazi B, et al. Determinants of urinary bisphenol A concentrations in Mexican/Mexican-American pregnant women. Environment International. 2013; 59C:152-160.
Quirós-Alcalá L, Bradman A, et al. Organophosphorous pesticide breakdown products in house dust and children’s urine. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemio. 2012; (22): 559-568.
Bradman A, Kogut K, Eisen E, Jewell N, Quirós-Alcalá L, et al. Variability of pesticide metabolite levels in spot and 24 hour urine samples collected from young children during one week. Environ Health Perspect. 2012; 121(1):118-24.
Quirós-Alcalá L, Alkon AD, et al. Maternal prenatal and child organophosphate pesticide exposures and children's autonomic function. Neurotoxicology. 2011; 32(5):646-55.
Quirós-Alcalá L, Bradman A, et al. Pesticides in house dust from urban and farmworker households in California: an observational measurement study. Environmental Health. 2011; 10:19.
Quirós-Alcalá L, Bradman A, et al. Concentrations and loadings of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in dust from low-income households in California. Environ Int. 2011; 37(3):592-6.
Weerasekera G, Smith K, Quirós-Alcalá L, et al. A mass spectrometry-based method to measure dialkylphosphate products of organophosphorous insecticides in dust and orange juice. J. Environ. Monit. 2009; 11(7):1345-51.
Bradman A, Whitaker D, Quirós L, et al. Pesticides and their Metabolites in the Homes and Urine of Farmworker Children Living in the Salinas Valley, CA. J Expo Sci Environ Epi. 2007; 17(4): 331-49.