Erin Semmens

Assistant Professor



University of Washington, Ph.D., Epidemiology, 2012

University of Washington, M.P.H, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, 2007

Duke University, A.B., Biology and Political Science, 2002

Courses Taught

PUBH 520: Fundamentals of Biostatistics (Fall)

PUBH 510: Introduction to Epidemiology (Fall and Spring)

PUBH 691: Neuroepidemiology (Spring 2018)

Field of Study

Environmental and occupational epidemiology; Clinical and translational research

Selected Publications

1. Brooks DM, Patel SA, Wohlgehagen ED, Semmens EO, Pearce A, Sorich EA, Rau TF. Multiple mild traumatic brain injury in the rat produces persistent pathological alterations in the brain. Exp Neurol. 2017 Nov;297:62-72. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2017.07.015. Epub 2017 Jul 27. PubMed [citation] PMID: 28756201

2. Noonan CW, Semmens EO, Smith P, Harrar SW, Montrose L, Weiler E, McNamara M, Ward TJ. Randomized Trial of Interventions to Improve Childhood Asthma in Homes with Wood-burning Stoves. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Sep 13;125(9):097010. doi: 10.1289/EHP849. PubMed [citation] PMID: 28935614

3. Ferguson MD, Semmens EO, Weiler E, Domitrovich J, French M, Migliaccio C, Palmer C, Dumke C, Ward T. Lung function measures following simulated wildland firefighter exposures. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2017 Sep;14(9):739-748. doi: 10.1080/15459624.2017.1326700. PubMed [citation] PMID: 28609218

4. McNamara ML, Thornburg J, Semmens EO, Ward TJ, Noonan CW. Reducing indoor air pollutants with air filtration units in wood stove homes. Sci Total Environ. 2017 Aug 15;592:488-494. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.111. Epub 2017 Mar 18. PubMed [citation] PMID: 28320525

5. Dietary intake is associated with respiratory health outcomes and DNA methylation in children with asthma Montrose L, Ward TJ, Semmens EO, Cho YH, Brown B, Noonan CW. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology. 2017 February 27; 13(12). My Bibliography [journal]

6. Ward TJ, Semmens EO, Weiler E, Harrar S, Noonan CW. Efficacy of interventions targeting household air pollution from residential wood stoves. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2017 Jan;27(1):64-71. doi: 10.1038/jes.2015.73. Epub 2015 Nov 11. PubMed [citation] PMID: 26555475

7. Ferguson MD, Semmens EO, Dumke C, Quindry JC, Ward TJ. Measured Pulmonary and Systemic Markers of Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Following Wildland Firefighter Simulations. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Apr;58(4):407-13. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000688. PubMed [citation] PMID: 27058482, PMCID: PMC4826715

8. Semmens EO, Domitrovich J, Conway K, Noonan CW. A cross-sectional survey of occupational history as a wildland firefighter and health. Am J Ind Med. 2016 Apr;59(4):330-5. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22566. Epub 2016 Jan 21. PubMed [citation] PMID: 26792645

9. Semmens EO, Noonan CW, Allen RW, Weiler EC, Ward TJ. Indoor particulate matter in rural, wood stove heated homes. Environ Res. 2015 Apr;138:93-100. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.02.005. Epub 2015 Feb 19. PubMed [citation] PMID: 25701812, PMCID: PMC4385435

10. Weiler E, Semmens E, Noonan C, Cady C, Ward T. Dust Allergens within Rural Northern Rocky Mountain Residences. Jacobs J Allergy Immunol. 2015 Jan 23;1(2):1-6. PubMed [citation] PMID: 25859563, PMCID: PMC4387573

11. Ware DN, Lewis J, Hopkins S, Boyer B, Montrose L, Noonan CW, Semmens EO, Ward TJ. Household reporting of childhood respiratory health and air pollution in rural Alaska Native communities. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2014 May 9;73:1-10. doi: 10.3402/ijch.v73.24324. eCollection 2014. PubMed [citation] PMID: 24822173, PMCID: PMC4017618

12. McNamara M, Thornburg J, Semmens E, Ward T, Noonan C. Coarse particulate matter and airborne endotoxin within wood stove homes. Indoor Air. 2013 Dec;23(6):498-505. doi: 10.1111/ina.12043. Epub 2013 Apr 18. PubMed [citation] PMID: 23551341, PMCID: PMC4556095

13. Semmens EO, Kopecky KJ, Grant E, Mathes RW, Nishi N, Sugiyama H, Moriwaki H, Sakata R, Soda M, Kasagi F, Yamada M, Fujiwara S, Akahoshi M, Davis S, Kodama K, Li CI. Relationship between anthropometric factors, radiation exposure, and colon cancer incidence in the Life Span Study cohort of atomic bomb survivors. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Jan;24(1):27-37. doi: 10.1007/s10552-012-0086-8. Epub 2012 Oct 21. PubMed [citation] PMID: 23085813

14. Block ML, Elder A, Auten RL, Bilbo SD, Chen H, Chen JC, Cory-Slechta DA, Costa D, Diaz-Sanchez D, Dorman DC, Gold DR, Gray K, Jeng HA, Kaufman JD, Kleinman MT, Kirshner A, Lawler C, Miller DS, Nadadur SS, Ritz B, Semmens EO, Tonelli LH, et al. The outdoor air pollution and brain health workshop. Neurotoxicology. 2012 Oct;33(5):972-84. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2012.08.014. Epub 2012 Sep 5. Review. PubMed [citation] PMID: 22981845, PMCID: PMC3726250

15. McNamara ML, Semmens EO, Gaskill S, Palmer C, Noonan CW, Ward TJ. Base camp personnel exposure to particulate matter during wildland fire suppression activities. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2012;9(3):149-56. doi: 10.1080/15459624.2011.652934. PubMed [citation] PMID: 22364357

16. Li CI, Nishi N, McDougall JA, Semmens EO, Sugiyama H, Soda M, Sakata R, Hayashi M, Kasagi F, Suyama A, Mabuchi K, Davis S, Kodama K, Kopecky KJ. Relationship between radiation exposure and risk of second primary cancers among atomic bomb survivors. Cancer Res. 2010 Sep 15;70(18):7187-98. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-10-0276. PubMed [citation] PMID: 20843820, PMCID: PMC2941904