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Margaret Kurzius-Spencer PhD, MPH, MS

Margaret  Kurzius-Spencer PhD, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Public Health

Community, Environment & Policy Department

1501 N Campbell Ave.
Campus PO Box: 245073

Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-5174
mkurzius@email.arizona.edu

Biography

Margaret Kurzius-Spencer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine and of Public Health in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ.  She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Arizona in 2012, but worked for over 15 years in the Arizona Respiratory Center on the genetics of lung function and pediatric asthma and allergy, and in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health on environmental and occupational health research.  She currently is a co-Principal Investigator in the Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring network and is researching behavioral and developmental traits of children with autism spectrum disorder with and without co-occurring intellectual disability. Other research efforts include assessment of exposure to arsenic compounds in food and water and its relation to urinary and other biomarkers of disease, the impact of nutrient intake on these biomarkers, and the relation between prenatal exposure to neurotoxins and child development.

Selected Publications

Kurzius-Spencer M, Burgess JL, Harris RB, Hartz V, Roberge J, Huang S, Hsu C-H, O’Rourke MK.  Contribution of diet to aggregate arsenic exposures--An analysis across populations.  J Exp Sci and Environ Epidemiol 2014; 24(2):156-62.

Burgess JL, Kurzius-Spencer M, Poplin GS, Littau SR, Kopplin MJ, Sturup S, Boitano S, Lantz RC.  Environmental arsenic exposure, selenium and sputum alpha-1 antitrypsin.  J Exp Sci and Environ Epidemiol 2014; 24(2):150-155.

Kurzius-Spencer M, O’Rourke MK, Hsu C-H, Hartz V, Harris RB, Burgess JL.  Measured versus modeled dietary arsenic and relation to urinary arsenic excretion and total exposure.  J Exp Sci and Environ Epidemiol 2013; 23:442-449. 

Burgess JL, Kurzius-Spencer M, O’Rourke MK, Littau SR, Roberge J, Meza-Montenegro MM, Gutierrez-Millan LE, Harris RB.  Environmental arsenic exposure and serum matrix metalloproteinase-9.  J Exp Sci and Environ Epidemiol 2013; 23:163-169.

Kurzius-Spencer M, Guerra S, Sherrill DL, Halonen M, Elston RC, Martinez FD.  Familial aggregation of allergen-specific sensitization and asthma.  Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2012; 23:21-27 (Editor’s Choice Series, Feb 2012). 

Kurzius-Spencer M, Foster K, Littau S, Richey KJ Clark BM, Sherrill D, Boitano S, Caruso DM, Burgess JL. Tracheobronchial protease inhibitors are associated with body surface area burns and mortality in smoke inhalation patients.  Journal of Burn Care and Research 2009; 30(5):824-831.

Kurzius-Spencer M, Wind S, Van Sickle D, Martinez P, Wright AL.  Presentation and treatment of asthma among Native children in southwest Alaska delta.  Pediatric Pulmonology 2005 Jan; 39(1):28-34.

Kurzius-Spencer M, Halonen M, Lohman IC, Martinez FD, Wright AL.  Prenatal factors associated with the development of eczema in the first year of life.  Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 2005; 16:19-26.

Kurzius-Spencer M, Holberg CJ, Sherrill DL, Carrozzi L, Di Pede F, Baldacci S, Viegi G.  Segregation analysis of bronchial hyperresponsiveness in a general population in northern Italy.  American Journal of Medical Genetics 2004; 125A(3):232-239.

Kurzius-Spencer M, Sherrill DL, Holberg CJ, Martinez FD, Lebowitz MD.  Familial correlation in the decline of forced expiratory volume in one second.  American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2001 Oct 1; 164(7): 1261-1265.

Kurzius-Spencer M, Holberg CJ, Martinez FD, Sherrill DL.  Familial correlation and segregation analysis of forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), with and without smoking adjustments, in a Tucson population.  Annals of Human Biology 2001; 28(2):222-34.

Relevant Research Areas:

Environmental Health
Epidemiology
Genetics
Maternal and Child Health
Nutrition & Diet
Respiratory Disease
Women, Families, and Children

Research Synopsis

Margaret Kurzius-Spencer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine and of Public Health in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Arizona in 2012, but worked for over 15 years in the Arizona Respiratory Center on the genetics of lung function and pediatric asthma and allergy, and in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health on environmental and occupational health research. She currently is a co-Principal Investigator in the Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring network and is researching behavioral and developmental traits of children with autism spectrum disorder with and without co-occurring intellectual disability. Other research efforts include assessment of exposure to arsenic compounds in food and water and its relation to urinary and other biomarkers of disease, the impact of nutrient intake on these biomarkers, and the relation between prenatal exposure to neurotoxins and child development.

Curriculum Vitae: 

The University of Arizona