Ellen M. Wells, Ph.D.

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Public health
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Metal exposure and neurologic or cardiovascular health
  • Endocrine disruptors and neurologic or cardiovascular health
  • Developmental origins of health and disease


Ellen M. Wells is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational health at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  She received a B.A.in Biology from Oberlin College in 1998, a M.E.M (Masters of Environmental Management) in Environmental Health Policy and M.P.H. (Masters of Public Health) in Environmental Health from Yale University in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009.  She teaches courses in public health, epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, and environmental health science.  She conducts environmental epidemiology research related to metal and endocrine disruptor exposures and their relationship with neurologic and cardiometabolic health, particularly among children. 

Recent/Representative Publications:

Wells EM, Navas-Acien A, Apelberg BJ, Herbstman JB, Jarrett JM, Lin YH, Verdon CP, Ward C, Caldwell KL, Hibbeln JR, Halden RU, Witter FR, Goldman LR.  (2014).  Association of selenium and copper with lipids in umbilical cord blood.  Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 5(4):281-287.

Wells EM, Jackson LW, Koontz M.  (2014).  Association between bisphenol A and waist-to-height ratio among children:  NHANES 2003-2010.  Annals of Epidemiology 24:165-167.

Wells EM, Bonfield T, Dearborn DG, Jackson LW.  (2014).  The relationship of blood lead with immunoglobulin E, eosinophils, and asthma among children: NHANES 2005-2006.  International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 217:196-204

Wells EM, Dearborn DG, Jackson LW.  (2012).  Activity change in response to bad air quality, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2010.  PLoS ONE  7(11): e50526. 

Wells EM, Navas-Acien A, Herbstman JB, Apelberg BA, Silbergeld EK, Caldwell KL, Jones RL, Halden RU, Witter FR, Goldman LR.  (2011).  Low level lead exposure and elevated blood pressure during pregnancy.  Environmental Health Perspectives 119:664-669. 

Wells EM, Jarrett JM, Lin YH, Caldwell KL, Hibbeln JR, Apelberg BJ, Herbstman JB, Halden RU, Witter FR, Goldman LR.  (2011).  Body burdens of mercury, lead, selenium and copper among Baltimore newborns.  Environmental Research 111: 411-417.  

Link to a list of my publications in PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/ellen.wells.1/bibliography/40447560/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

Ellen M. Wells

Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Phone: 765-496-3535
Fax:  765-496-1377
E-mail: wells54@purdue.edu

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