David Carpenter

David O. Carpenter, MD

Human health effects of environmental contaminants, including metals and organic compound.

The World Within Reach
David O. Carpenter, MD

School of Public Health
Department: Environmental Health Sciences

Director for the Institute for Health and the Environment
Five University Place, Room A217



M.D., Harvard University (1964)

Research Interests

Neurotoxicity of metals (Pb, Hg) and PCBs using electrophysiological and flow cytometric techniques.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:

EHS 590 Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences
EHS 540 Principles of Radiation Sciences
EHS 515 Environmental Physiology
EHS 607 Global Environmental Health Policy


  • Miller PK, Waghiyi V, Welfinger-Smith G, Byrne SC, Kava J, Gologergen J, Eckstein L, Scrudato R, Chiarenzelli J, Carpenter DO and Seguinot-Medina S. (2013) Community-based participatory research projects and policy engagement to protect environmental health on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Int J Circumpolar Health 72: 1-11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23977641.
  • Aminov Z, Haase RF, Pavuk M and Carpenter DO (2013) Analysis of the effects of exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and chlorinated pesticides on serum lipid levels in residents of Anniston, Alabama. Environ Health 12: 108
  • Musoke D, Carpenter D, Kasasa S, Bazeyo W and Ssempebwa JC (2013) Water, sanitation and hygiene status of two urban slums in Uganda: a baseline survey. Environ Health Internat 14: 24-36.
  • Bhavsar SP, Neff MR, Ni F, Carpenter DO, Drouillard K, Fisk AT, and Arts MT (2014) Risk-benefit of consuming Lake Erie fish. Environ Res. 134: 57-65.
  • Lu X, Lessner L and Carpenter DO (2014) Association between hospital discharge rate for female breast cancer and residence in a zip code containing hazardous waste sites. Environ Res. 134: 159-172.
  • Aminov Z, Haase R, Olson JR, Pavuk M and Carpenter DO (2014) Racial differences in levels of serum lipids and effects of exposure to persistent organic pollutants on lipid levels in residents of Anniston, Alabama. Environ Internat 73: 216-223..
  • Macey GP, Breech R, Chernaik M, Cox C, Larson D, Thomas D and Carpenter DO (2014) Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study. Environ Health 13: 82.
  • Chacko A, Carpenter DO, Callaway L and Sly PD (2014) Early life risk factors for chronic non-respiratory diseases. Eur Resp J In Press.
  • GBD 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators (2014) Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease. Lancet http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61682-2.
  • Brune M-N, Goldizen FC, Neira M, van den Berg M, Lewis N, King M., Suk WA, Carpenter DO, Arnold RG and Sly PD (2013) Health effects of exposure to e-waste. Lancet Global Health 1(2): e70.