Erika Garcia

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
Address2001 N. Soto Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90032
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    Erika Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is an environmental epidemiologist whose research focuses on the role of airborne environmental contaminants in the development of human disease and applies both traditional epidemiologic as well as advanced causal inference methodologies. She has published studies conducted in both occupational and community exposure settings. Her early research involved examination of the healthy worker survivor effect and application of g-methods in cancer studies of autoworkers exposed to metalworking fluids. More recently, her research has focused on the effects of early-life air pollution exposure on pediatric respiratory and metabolic health outcomes, including new-onset asthma, lung function, and childhood obesity. As part of these studies, she uses causal inference methods to estimate effects of policy-relevant air pollution interventions. Dr. Garcia received a PhD and MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
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    Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES)
    NIH P50ES026086Sep 1, 2015 - Jul 17, 2020
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Environmental Exposures, Host Factors and Human Disease
    NIH P30ES007048Apr 1, 1997 - Feb 28, 2026
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Long-term exposures to air pollutants affect FeNO in children: a longitudinal study. Eur Respir J. 2021 Sep 09. Zhang Y, Eckel SP, Berhane K, Garcia E, Muchmore P, Molshatzki NB, Rappaport EB, Linn WS, Habre R, Gilliland FD. PMID: 34503981.
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    2. In Utero Exposure to Mercury Is Associated With Increased Susceptibility to Liver Injury and Inflammation in Childhood. Hepatology. 2021 Sep; 74(3):1546-1559. Stratakis N, Golden-Mason L, Margetaki K, Zhao Y, Valvi D, Garcia E, Maitre L, Andrusaityte S, Basagana X, Borràs E, Bustamante M, Casas M, Fossati S, Grazuleviciene R, Haug LS, Heude B, McEachan RRC, Meltzer HM, Papadopoulou E, Roumeliotaki T, Robinson O, Sabidó E, Urquiza J, Vafeiadi M, Varo N, Wright J, Vos MB, Hu H, Vrijheid M, Berhane KT, Conti DV, McConnell R, Rosen HR, Chatzi L. PMID: 33730435.
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    3. Air pollution and lung function in children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2021 Jul; 148(1):1-14. Garcia E, Rice MB, Gold DR. PMID: 34238501.
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    4. Prenatal and childhood exposure to air pollution and traffic and the risk of liver injury in European children. Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Jun; 5(3):e153. Garcia E, Stratakis N, Valvi D, Maitre L, Varo N, Aasvang GM, Andrusaityte S, Basagana X, Casas M, de Castro M, Fossati S, Grazuleviciene R, Heude B, Hoek G, Krog NH, McEachan R, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Roumeliotaki T, Slama R, Urquiza J, Vafeiadi M, Vos MB, Wright J, Conti DV, Berhane K, Vrijheid M, McConnell R, Chatzi L. PMID: 34131614.
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    5. It's Not Just a Smoking-related Disease: Outdoor Pollution May Increase Risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021 05 01; 203(9):1057-1058. Garcia E, Rice MB. PMID: 33275084.
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    6. COVID-19 mortality in California based on death certificates: disproportionate impacts across racial/ethnic groups and nativity. Ann Epidemiol. 2021 06; 58:69-75. Garcia E, Eckel SP, Chen Z, Li K, Gilliland FD. PMID: 33746033.
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    7. The clear and persistent impact of air pollution on chronic respiratory diseases: a call for interventions. Eur Respir J. 2021 03; 57(3). Annesi-Maesano I, Forastiere F, Balmes J, Garcia E, Harkema J, Holgate S, Kelly F, Khreis H, Hoffmann B, Maesano CN, McConnell R, Peden D, Pinkerton K, Schikowski T, Thurston G, Van Winkle LS, Carlsten C. PMID: 33737377.
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    8. COVID-19 Mortality in California Based on Death Certificates: Disproportionate Impacts Across Racial/Ethnic Groups and Nativity. medRxiv. 2021 Mar 03. Garcia E, Eckel SP, Chen Z, Li K, Gilliland FD. PMID: 33688674.
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    9. Prenatal Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Substances Associated With Increased Susceptibility to Liver Injury in Children. Hepatology. 2020 11; 72(5):1758-1770. Stratakis N, V Conti D, Jin R, Margetaki K, Valvi D, Siskos AP, Maitre L, Garcia E, Varo N, Zhao Y, Roumeliotaki T, Vafeiadi M, Urquiza J, Fernández-Barrés S, Heude B, Basagana X, Casas M, Fossati S, Gražuleviciene R, Andrušaityte S, Uppal K, McEachan RRC, Papadopoulou E, Robinson O, Haug LS, Wright J, Vos MB, Keun HC, Vrijheid M, Berhane KT, McConnell R, Chatzi L. PMID: 32738061.
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    10. COVID-19, Climate Change, and the American Thoracic Society. A Shared Responsibility. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 09; 17(9):1052-1055. Shankar HM, Ewart G, Garcia E, Hicks A, Hardie W. PMID: 32574509.
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    11. Patterns and determinants of exhaled nitric oxide trajectories in schoolchildren over a 7-year period. Eur Respir J. 2020 07; 56(1). Garcia E, Zhang Y, Rappaport EB, Berhane K, Muchmore P, Silkoff PE, Molshatzki N, Gilliland FD, Eckel SP. PMID: 32299857.
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    12. Outdoor Air Pollution and New-Onset Airway Disease. An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 04; 17(4):387-398. Thurston GD, Balmes JR, Garcia E, Gilliland FD, Rice MB, Schikowski T, Van Winkle LS, Annesi-Maesano I, Burchard EG, Carlsten C, Harkema JR, Khreis H, Kleeberger SR, Kodavanti UP, London SJ, McConnell R, Peden DB, Pinkerton KE, Reibman J, White CW. PMID: 32233861.
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    13. Arsenic and birth outcomes in a predominately lower income Hispanic pregnancy cohort in Los Angeles. Environ Res. 2020 05; 184:109294. Howe CG, Farzan SF, Garcia E, Jursa T, Iyer R, Berhane K, Chavez TA, Hodes TL, Grubbs BH, Funk WE, Smith DR, Bastain TM, Breton CV. PMID: 32145549.
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    14. The Potential Effects of Policy-driven Air Pollution Interventions on Childhood Lung Development. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 02 15; 201(4):438-444. Urman R, Garcia E, Berhane K, McConnell R, Gauderman WJ, Gilliland F. PMID: 31644884.
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    15. Effects of policy-driven hypothetical air pollutant interventions on childhood asthma incidence in southern California. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 08 06; 116(32):15883-15888. Garcia E, Urman R, Berhane K, McConnell R, Gilliland F. PMID: 31332016.
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    16. Association of Changes in Air Quality With Incident Asthma in Children in California, 1993-2014. JAMA. 2019 05 21; 321(19):1906-1915. Garcia E, Berhane KT, Islam T, McConnell R, Urman R, Chen Z, Gilliland FD. PMID: 31112259.
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    17. Contrasting Causal Effects of Workplace Interventions. Epidemiology. 2018 07; 29(4):542-546. Izano MA, Brown DM, Neophytou AM, Garcia E, Eisen EA. PMID: 29746368.
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    18. Lung cancer mortality and exposure to synthetic metalworking fluid and biocides: controlling for the healthy worker survivor effect. Occup Environ Med. 2018 10; 75(10):730-735. Garcia E, Picciotto S, Neophytou AM, Bradshaw PT, Balmes JR, Eisen EA. PMID: 29743185.
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    19. Breast Cancer Incidence and Exposure to Metalworking Fluid in a Cohort of Female Autoworkers. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 03 01; 187(3):539-547. Garcia E, Bradshaw PT, Eisen EA. PMID: 29020170.
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    20. Assessment of the healthy worker survivor effect in cancer studies of the United Autoworkers-General Motors cohort. Occup Environ Med. 2017 03; 74(4):294-300. Garcia E, Picciotto S, Costello S, Bradshaw PT, Eisen EA. PMID: 28069969.
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    21. Evaluating a county-based healthy nail salon recognition program. Am J Ind Med. 2015 Feb; 58(2):193-202. Garcia E, Sharma S, Pierce M, Bhatia S, Argao ST, Hoang K, Quach T. PMID: 25603941.
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    22. Hazardous air pollutants and breast cancer risk in California teachers: a cohort study. Environ Health. 2015 Jan 30; 14:14. Garcia E, Hurley S, Nelson DO, Hertz A, Reynolds P. PMID: 25636809.
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    23. Environmental Street Audits and Black Carbon Measurements in Vietnamese Immigrant Communities. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2015; 9(2):179-90. Quach T, Garcia E, Von Behren J, Tran J, Tran TD, Fu L, Gomez S, Luu V, Ahlfenger T, Reynolds P. PMID: 26412760.
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    24. Evaluation of the agreement between modeled and monitored ambient hazardous air pollutants in California. Int J Environ Health Res. 2014 Aug; 24(4):363-77. Garcia E, Hurley S, Nelson DO, Gunier RB, Hertz A, Reynolds P. PMID: 24047281.
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    25. A cross-sectional analysis of light at night, neighborhood sociodemographics and urinary 6-sulfatoxymelatonin concentrations: implications for the conduct of health studies. Int J Health Geogr. 2013 Aug 30; 12:39. Hurley S, Nelson DO, Garcia E, Gunier R, Hertz A, Reynolds P. PMID: 24127816.
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    26. Determinants and within-person variability of urinary cadmium concentrations among women in northern California. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 Jun; 121(6):643-9. Gunier RB, Horn-Ross PL, Canchola AJ, Duffy CN, Reynolds P, Hertz A, Garcia E, Rull RP. PMID: 23552363.
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    27. Ischemic heart disease mortality and PM(3.5) in a cohort of autoworkers. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Mar; 56(3):317-25. Costello S, Garcia E, Hammond SK, Eisen EA. PMID: 23280679.
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    28. Reducing chemical exposures in nail salons through owner and worker trainings: an exploratory intervention study. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Jul; 56(7):806-17. Quach T, Varshavsky J, Von Behren J, Garcia E, Tong M, Nguyen T, Tran A, Gunier R, Reynolds P. PMID: 23255315.
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