Jose Suarez

Title(s)Associate Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science
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Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Society of Toxicology, Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section (262 manuscripts reviewed)2012Paper of the Year 2012: Suarez-Lopez J Lower acetylcholinesterase activity among children liv
    Faculty Mentor Program, UCSD2014  - 2015Outstanding Service as a Mentor
    JPB Foundation/Harvard University2014  - 2018JPB Environmental Health Fellow
    Western Societies of Medicine 2016First Annual Carmel Prize for Research Excellence
    California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program2017  - 2021Governor Appointment: Member of the Scientific Guidance Panel
    California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program2022  - 2026Governor Appointment: Member of the Scientific Guidance Panel

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    Key words: pesticides, persistent pollutants, mental health, metabolism, respiratory, inflammation, metabolomics, cohort, clinical trial, climate change adaptation.

    Dr. Suarez is the Division Lead of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Teaching Division and the Director of the Climate and Environmental Health Research Program at the H. Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego.

    His main research interests involve understanding the environmental determinants of child and adult health in vulnerable populations. As the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Study of Secondary Exposures to Pesticides among Children and Adolescents (ESPINA), Dr. Suarez focuses on the impact of pesticide exposure on health, assessed from childhood to adulthood in Pedro Moncayo, Ecuador. Initiated in 2008, the study examines diverse health aspects including neurobehavior, mental health, endocrine function, inflammation, respiratory health, enzymatic activity, metabolomic profiles, liver and thyroid imaging, and smartphone mental health assessments. The study also includes blood/urinary markers and geospatial determinants to assess exposures to various chemicals including pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides) and persistent pollutants (PFAS, PBDEs, PCBs, OCPs). In 2024, ESPINA will be completing the 16th year of follow-up of participants, as they transition into young adulthood. Dr. Suarez is also involved in community-based participatory processes in Ecuador in collaboration with Fundación Cimas del Ecuador; he collaborates on rural health surveys and mental health screenings, collecting data from 2004-2017 with geocoded information from thousands of individuals.

    Additionally, he leads the Nuts and Olestra for Persistent Organic Pollutant Reduction (NO-POPs) trial, investigating the effects of dietary interventions on the excretion of Persistent Organic Pollutants in older adults in San Diego, CA. Suarez also leads work on engineering solutions for improved human resilience to hot climates and serves as a Governor appointee to the Scientific Guidance Panel for the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program.

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    Executive functions in urban Hispanic/Latino youth: exposure to mixture of arsenic and pesticides during childhood
    NIH/NIEHS F31 ES035630-01Feb 1, 2024 - Jan 31, 2027
    Role: Mentor
    Description: This study aims to estimate the association of arsenic and insecticides (chlorpyrifos and pyrethroids) on executive function of adolescent participants (11-18 years) living in Montevideo, Uruguay as part of the Salud Ambiental Montevideo (SAM) cohort.
    Global Center on Climate Change and Water Energy Food Health Systems P20.
    Fogarty International Center TW012709-01Sep 18, 2023 - Aug 30, 2026
    Role: Co-Investigator
    PFAS, pesticides and imaging of the liver and thyroid of young adults within the ESPINA study
    Oncoustics, UCSD 102584Jun 1, 2022 - May 1, 2025
    Role: Co-PI
    Description: This ancillary study to the 2022 follow-up examination of the study of Secondary Pesticide Exposures among Children and Adolescents (ESPINA) aims at understanding the health effects of perfluoro alkyl substances (PFAS) and fungicides on liver steatosis, fibrosis and thyroid size in young adults.
    Cyclical alterations in neurocognitive performance and mood over two years in relation to pesticide spray seasons among adolescent and young adult participants of the ESPINA study
    NIH/NIEHS 1R01ES025792-06A1May 10, 2022 - Feb 28, 2027
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: This project builds on the ESPINA study 2022 examination and proposes to assess whether pesticide spray seasons are associated with cyclical alterations in mental health symptoms and cognitive performance assessed over two years using a smartphone-based assessment platform, and to test whether pesticide exposure biomarkers are related to elevated depressive and externalizing symptoms and decreased cognitive performance.
    The 2020 ESPINA study follow-up Exam: Fungicides, Insecticides, Inflammation and Child Development
    NIH/NIEHS R01ES030378Sep 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: This project involves the 12-year follow-up of participants of the Study of Secondary Exposure among Children and Adolescents (ESPINA study). The major goals of this project are to determine the longitudinal associations of sub-clinical exposures to fungicides and insecticides with inflammatory markers (vascular, monocyte, systemic and liver) and cognition among adolescent participants living in agricultural communities in Ecuador as part of the longitudinal “Secondary Pesticide Exposures among Children and Adolescents” (ESPINA) study.
    Pesticide exposures, mental health and endocrine disruption among children growing up near pesticide spray sites (ESPINA study).
    NIH/NIEHS K01ES031697Sep 1, 2020 - Aug 30, 2024
    Role: Mentor
    Description: This training grant within the ESPINA study is aimed at characterizing the geospatial determinants of pesticide exposure, mental health and endocrine disruption among participants living within agricultural settings in which pesticides are used. Additionally, it will aim to measure neonicotinoid insecticides in water collected at various places within these communities.
    Pesticides, Perfluorinated Compounds, and the Development of Adolescents in Agricultural Communities
    Children's Health Exposure Analysis Resource - NIEHS 2018-1599Jul 1, 2019 - Dec 1, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: The goals of this project are to are to assess whether herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can affect adolescent health in outcomes including metabolomic patterns, neurobehavioral performance, mental health and body composition among participants of the ESPINA study
    Pesticide Exposures and Risks of Adverse Motor and Cognitive System Health Effects Among Latino Residents of Imperial Valley, California
    CTRI Pilot Grant Program Apr 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018
    Role: Co-Investigator
    GLOBAL HEALTH INSTITUTE, UCSD Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The ESPINA Study Follow-up Examination in 2016: Environmental Pollutants and Child/Adolescent Development
    NIH R01ES025792Apr 1, 2016 - Mar 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Pesticides and Mental Health among Adolescents in Ecuadorian Agricultural Communities
    NIH R21ES026084Sep 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Nuts and Olestra for Persistent Organic Pollutant Reduction (NO-POPs) Trial
    JPB Foundation - JPB Environmental Health Program Oct 1, 2014 - Feb 28, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Environmental Pollutants, Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents
    FPM PILOT GRANT PROGRAM Aug 1, 2014 - Jul 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effects of Secondary Occupational Pesticide Exposure on Childhood Growth
    NIH R36OH009402Sep 30, 2007 - May 31, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Testosterone, estradiol, DHEA and cortisol in relation to anxiety and depression scores in adolescents. J Affect Disord. 2021 11 01; 294:838-846. Chronister BN, Gonzalez E, Lopez-Paredes D, Suarez-Torres J, Gahagan S, Martinez D, Barros J, Jacobs DR, Checkoway H, Suarez-Lopez JR. PMID: 34375211; PMCID: PMC8992006.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. COVID-19 and children's health in the United States: Consideration of physical and social environments during the pandemic. Environ Res. 2021 06; 197:111160. Suarez-Lopez JR, Cairns MR, Sripada K, Quiros-Alcala L, Mielke HW, Eskenazi B, Etzel RA, Kordas K, International Society for Children's Health and the Environment. PMID: 33852915; PMCID: PMC8542993.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    3. Acetylcholinesterase activity and thyroid hormone levels in Ecuadorian adolescents living in agricultural settings where organophosphate pesticides are used. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2021 04; 233:113691. Phillips S, Suarez-Torres J, Checkoway H, Lopez-Paredes D, Gahagan S, Suarez-Lopez JR. PMID: 33581413; PMCID: PMC7965258.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Intercepted journeys: Associations between migration and mobility experiences and depressive symptoms among substance using migrants at the Mexico-Guatemala border. Glob Public Health. 2022 02; 17(2):297-312. Rocha-Jiménez T, Fernández-Casanueva C, Suárez-Lopéz JR, Zúñiga ML, Crespo N, Morales-Miranda S, Goldenberg SM, Silverman JG, Brouwer KC. PMID: 33430720.
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    5. Summary data of home proximity to the nearest greenhouse (floricultural) crops and areas of greenhouse crops around various distances from homes in agricultural settings in Ecuador. Data Brief. 2020 Aug; 31:105980. Nazeeh N, Suárez-López JR. PMID: 32685635; PMCID: PMC7358380.
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    6. Residential proximity to greenhouse crops and pesticide exposure (via acetylcholinesterase activity) assessed from childhood through adolescence. Environ Res. 2020 09; 188:109728. Suarez-Lopez JR, Nazeeh N, Kayser G, Suárez-Torres J, Checkoway H, López-Paredes D, Jacobs DR, Cruz F. PMID: 32798937; PMCID: PMC7483309.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    7. Associations of acetylcholinesterase inhibition between pesticide spray seasons with depression and anxiety symptoms in adolescents, and the role of sex and adrenal hormones on gender moderation. Expo Health. 2021 Mar; 13(1):51-64. Suarez-Lopez JR, Nguyen A, Klas J, Gahagan S, Checkoway H, Lopez-Paredes D, Noble M. PMID: 33748533; PMCID: PMC7968045.
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    8. The International Society for Children's Health and the Environment Commits to Reduce Its Carbon Footprint to Safeguard Children's Health. Environ Health Perspect. 2020 01; 128(1):14501. Eskenazi B, Etzel RA, Sripada K, Cairns MR, Hertz-Picciotto I, Kordas K, Machado Torres JP, Mielke HW, Oulhote Y, Quirós-Alcalá L, Suárez-López JR, Zlatnik MG. PMID: 31909653; PMCID: PMC7015537.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    9. Residential proximity to greenhouse agriculture and neurobehavioral performance in Ecuadorian children. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2020 01; 223(1):220-227. Friedman E, Hazlehurst MF, Loftus C, Karr C, McDonald KN, Suarez-Lopez JR. PMID: 31607631; PMCID: PMC6915969.
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    10. Associations of acetylcholinesterase activity with depression and anxiety symptoms among adolescents growing up near pesticide spray sites. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2019 08; 222(7):981-990. Suarez-Lopez JR, Hood N, Suárez-Torres J, Gahagan S, Gunnar MR, López-Paredes D. PMID: 31202795; PMCID: PMC6679983.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 22     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    11. Blood pressure after a heightened pesticide spray period among children living in agricultural communities in Ecuador. Environ Res. 2019 08; 175:335-342. Suarez-Lopez JR, Amchich F, Murillo J, Denenberg J. PMID: 31150932; PMCID: PMC6571166.
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    12. Summary data of serum concentrations of 32 persistent organic pollutants in young adults in relation to summary scores of persistent organic pollutants. Data Brief. 2019 Apr; 23:103720. Suarez-Lopez JR, Gross MD, Lee DH. PMID: 31193752; PMCID: PMC6541699.
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    13. Organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in early adulthood and blood lipids over a 23-year follow-up. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2019 Feb; 66:24-35. Suarez-Lopez JR, Clemesha CG, Porta M, Gross MD, Lee DH. PMID: 30594847.
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    14. Home proximity to flower plantations and higher systolic blood pressure among children. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2018 09; 221(8):1077-1084. Suarez-Lopez JR, Hong V, McDonald KN, Suarez-Torres J, López D, De La Cruz F. PMID: 30131222; PMCID: PMC6128666.
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    15. Acetylcholinesterase activity and time after a peak pesticide-use period among Ecuadorian children. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2018 02; 91(2):175-184. Suarez-Lopez JR, Butcher CR, Gahagan S, Checkoway H, Alexander BH, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 29026987; PMCID: PMC5797496.
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    16. Agroecology and Health: Lessons from Indigenous Populations. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2017 06; 4(2):244-251. Suárez-Torres J, Suárez-López JR, López-Paredes D, Morocho H, Cachiguango-Cachiguango LE, Dellai W. PMID: 28429300.
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    17. Potential short-term neurobehavioral alterations in children associated with a peak pesticide spray season: The Mother's Day flower harvest in Ecuador. Neurotoxicology. 2017 May; 60:125-133. Suarez-Lopez JR, Checkoway H, Jacobs DR, Al-Delaimy WK, Gahagan S. PMID: 28188819; PMCID: PMC5447476.
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    18. Persistent organic pollutants in young adults and changes in glucose related metabolism over a 23-year follow-up. Environ Res. 2015 Feb; 137:485-94. Suarez-Lopez JR, Lee DH, Porta M, Steffes MW, Jacobs DR. PMID: 25706918; PMCID: PMC4429782.
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    19. Acetylcholinesterase activity and neurodevelopment in boys and girls. Pediatrics. 2013 Dec; 132(6):e1649-58. Suarez-Lopez JR, Himes JH, Jacobs DR, Alexander BH, Gunnar MR. PMID: 24249815; PMCID: PMC3838526.
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    20. Acetylcholinesterase activity, cohabitation with floricultural workers, and blood pressure in Ecuadorian children. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 May; 121(5):619-24. Suarez-Lopez JR, Jacobs DR, Himes JH, Alexander BH. PMID: 23359481; PMCID: PMC3673186.
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    21. Lower acetylcholinesterase activity among children living with flower plantation workers. Environ Res. 2012 Apr; 114:53-9. Suarez-Lopez JR, Jacobs DR, Himes JH, Alexander BH, Lazovich D, Gunnar M. PMID: 22405996; PMCID: PMC3319289.
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    22. Circulating soluble intercellular adhesion molecule 1 and subclinical atherosclerosis: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Clin Chem. 2012 Feb; 58(2):411-20. Gross MD, Bielinski SJ, Suarez-Lopez JR, Reiner AP, Bailey K, Thyagarajan B, Carr JJ, Duprez DA, Jacobs DR. PMID: 22179741; PMCID: PMC3867124.
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    23. Longitudinal examination of age-predicted symptom-limited exercise maximum HR. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Aug; 42(8):1519-27. Zhu N, Suarez-Lopez JR, Sidney S, Sternfeld B, Schreiner PJ, Carnethon MR, Lewis CE, Crow RS, Bouchard C, Haskell WL, Jacobs DR. PMID: 20639723; PMCID: PMC2891874.
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