Amira Aker

Amira Aker
Postdoctoral Researcher
Hilary Brown


Amira Aker is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). She leads an ICES research project on the association between asthma and perinatal mental health. Dr. Aker’s broader research interests include the intersection between environmental chemical exposure and social factors on women’s health. Her research program focuses on the environmental and social factors influencing reproductive life course stages, such as pregnancy, preconception health and menopause.

She completed her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2019.


PhD in Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

MPH in Environmental Health and Policy, George Washington University

BSc Hon in Health Studies, University of Waterloo

Research Interests

Environmental and reproductive health


Boss, J., Mukherjee, B., Ferguson, K., Aker, A.M., Alshawabkeh, A.N., Meeker, J.D., Kim, S. 2019. Estimating outcome-exposure associations when exposure biomarker detection limits vary across batches. Epidemiology. 30(5):746-755.

Aker, A.M., Ferguson, K.K., Rosario, Z.Y., Mukherjee, B., Alshawabkeh, A.N., Calafat, A.M., Cordero, J.F., and Meeker, J.D. A Repeated Measures Study of Phenol, Paraben and Triclocarban Urinary Biomarkers and Circulating Maternal Hormones during Gestation in the Puerto Rico PROTECT Cohort. 2019. Environmental Health. 18(1):28.


Aker, A.M., Ferguson, K.K., Rosario, Z.Y., Mukherjee, B., Alshawabkeh, A.N., Cordero, J.F., and Meeker, J.D. 2019. The Associations between Prenatal Exposure to Triclocarban, Phenols and Parabens with Gestational Age and Birth Weight in Northern Puerto Rico. Environmental Research. 169:41-51.


Aker, A.M., Johns, L., McElrath, T.F., Cantonwine, D.E., Mukherjee, B., and Meeker, J.D., 2018. Associations between maternal phenol and paraben urinary biomarkers and maternal hormones during pregnancy: A repeated measures study. Environ. Int. 113, 341–349.


Aker, A.M., Watkins, D.J., Johns, L.E., Ferguson, K.K., Soldin, O.P., Anzalota Del Toro, L.V., Alshawabkeh, A.N., Cordero, J.F., Meeker, J.D., 2016. Phenols and parabens in relation to reproductive and thyroid hormones in pregnant women. Environ. Res. 151, 30–37. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2016.07.002


Peterson, E., Aker, A., Kim, J., Li, Y., Brand, K., Copes, R., 2013. Lung cancer risk from radon in Ontario, Canada: how many lung cancers can we prevent? Cancer Causes Control CCC 24, 2013–2020. doi:10.1007/s10552-013-0278-x