Brenda Eskenazi MA, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology
Chair, Community Health & Human Development
Director, Children's Center for Environment Health
Research Interests: 
  • Effects of environmental exposures to reproductive, perinatal, and children's health
  • Reproductive and development effects of passive and active exposure to cigarette smoke, benzene, dioxin, and other persistent endocrine disruptors, and pesticides, as well as other agents on fetal and child health and reproductive health of men and women
  • Reproductive and pediatric epidemiology
Selected Publications: 

Eskenazi B, Rosas LG, Marks AR, Bradman A, Harley K, Holland N, Johnson C, Fenster L, Barr DB. Pesticide toxicity and the developing brain. Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2008 Feb;102(2):228-36.

Grandjean P, Bellinger D, Bergman A, Cordier S, Davey-Smith G, Eskenazi B, Gee D, Gray K, Hanson M, van den Hazel P, Heindel JJ, Heinzow B, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hu H, Huang TT, Jensen TK, Landrigan PJ, McMillen IC, Murata K, Ritz B, Schoeters G, Skakkebaek NE, Skerfving S, Weihe P. The Faroes statement: Human health effects of developmental exposure to chemicals in our environment. Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2008 Feb;102(2):73-5.

Chevrier J, Eskenazi B, Bradman A, Fenster L, Barr DB.Associations between prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and neonatal thyroid-stimulating hormone levels in a Mexican-American population, Salinas Valley, California. Environ Health Perspect. 2007 Oct;115(10):1490-6.

Eskenazi B, Marks AR, Catalano R, Bruckner T, Toniolo PG. Low birthweight in New York city and upstate New York following the events of September 11th. Hum Reprod. 2007 Nov;22(11):3013-20.

Obel C, Henriksen TB, Secher NJ, Eskenazi B, Hedegaard M. Psychological distress during early gestation and offspring sex ratio. Hum Reprod. 2007 Nov;22(11):3009-12.

Eskenazi B, Marks AR, Bradman A, Harley K, Barr DB, Johnson C, Morga N, Jewell NP.Organophosphate pesticide exposure and neurodevelopment in young Mexican-American children. Environ Health Perspect. 2007 May;115(5):792-8.

Eskenazi B, Warner M, Samuels S, Young J, Gerthoux PM, Needham L, Patterson D, Olive D, Gavoni N, Vercellini P, Mocarelli P. Serum dioxin concentrations and risk of uterine leiomyoma in the Seveso Women's Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2007 Jul 1;166(1):79-87.

Sloter ED, Marchetti F, Eskenazi B, Weldon RH, Nath J, Cabreros D, Wyrobek AJ.Frequency of human sperm carrying structural aberrations of chromosome 1 increases with advancing age. Fertil Steril. 2007 May;87(5):1077-86.

Bradman A, Fenster L, Sjödin A, Jones RS, Patterson DG Jr, Eskenazi B. Polybrominated diphenyl ether levels in the blood of pregnant women living in an agricultural community in California. Environ Health Perspect. 2007 Jan;115(1):71-4.

Eskenazi, B., Marks, A.R., Bradman, A., Fenster, L., Johnson, C., Barr, D.B., Jewell, N.P. (2006). In utero exposure to dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) and neurodevelopment among young Mexican American children. Pediatrics, 118(1):233-41.

Fenster, L., Eskenazi, B., Anderson, M., Bradman, A., Harley, K., Hernandez, H., Hubbard, A., Barr, D.B. (2006). Association of in utero organochlorine pesticide exposure and fetal growth and length of gestation in an agricultural population. Environ Health Perspect, 114(4):597-602.

Furlong, C.E., Holland, N., Richter, R.J., Bradman, A., Ho, A., Eskenazi, B. (2006). PON1 status of farmworker mothers and children as a predictor of organophosphate sensitivity. Pharmacogenet Genomics, 16(3):183-90.

Catalano, R., Bruckner, T., Gould, J., Eskenazi, B., Anderson, E. (2005). Sex ratios in California following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Human Reproduction, 20(5):1221-1227.

Eskenazi, B., Harley, K., Bradman, A., Weltzien, E., Jewell, N., Barr, D., Furlong, C., Holland, N.  (2004). Association of in utero organophosphate pesticide exposure and fetal growth and length of gestation in an agricultural population.  Environmental Health Perspectives, 112(10), 1116-1124.

Warner, M., Eskenazi, B., Patterson,D., Clark, G., Turner, W., Bonsignore, L., Mocarelli, P.,  Gerthoux, P.  Dioxin-Like TEQ of women from the Seveso, Italy area by ID-HRGC/HRMS and CALUX.  Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, doi:10.1038/sj.jea.7500407.

Marino, J., Eskenazi, B., Warner, M., Samuels, S., Vercellini, P., Gavoni, N., Olive, D.  (2004). Uterine leiomyoma and menstrual cycle characteristics in a population-based cohort study. Human Reproduction, 19(10), 2350-2355.

Other interests: 
  • Director, UC Berkeley Center for Children's Environmental Health Research
  • Fogarty Senior Fellowship Award (1995-96)
  • Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology
  • Prytanean Award for most promising junior female faculty member, University of California, Berkeley (1987)
Profile Updated: September 24, 2013