Rebecca Schmidt, MS, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine
Epidemiology
University of California
Davis, CA 95618
510-620-2847
rjschmidt@ucdavis.edu  

Research Interests
• Autism
• Molecular Epidemiology
• Neurodevelopmental Disorders Reproductive Epidemiology
• Reproductive Epidemiology

Key Publications
• Mitchell MM, Woods R, Chi L-H, Schmidt RJ, Pessah IN, Kostyniak PJ, and LaSalle JM. Levels of select PCB and PBDE congeners in human postmortem brain reveal possible environmental involvement in 15q11-q13 duplication autism spectrum disorder. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis Published Online, Aug 29, 2012.

• Schmidt RJ, Tancredi DJ, Ozonoff S, Hansen RL, Hartiala J, Allayee H, Schmidt LC, Tassone F, Hertz-Picciotto I. Maternal periconceptional folic acid intake and risk of autism spectrum disorders and developmental delay in the CHARGE (CHildhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment) case-control study. Am J Clin Nutr. Published Online May 30, 2012.

• Schmidt RJ, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hartiala J, Allayee H, Schmidt L, Hansen RL, Tassone F. (2012) Selected vitamin D metabolic gene variants and risk for autism spectrum disorders in the CHARGE Study. [Abstract]Journal of Women’s Health: 21(10): 1000.

• Schmidt RJ, Hansen RL, Hartiala J, Allayee H, Schmidt L, Tancredi DJ, Tassone F, Hertz-Picciotto I (2011). Prenatal vitamins, functional one-carbon metabolism gene variants, and risk for autism in the CHARGE Study.Epidemiology 22(4): 476-485. Published Online, May 24, 2011

• Schmidt RJ, Romitti PA, Burns TL, Browne ML, Druschel CM, Olney RS, Murray JC (2010 Jul). Caffeine, selected metabolic gene variants, and risk for neural tube defects. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol88(7):560-569. Published Online, May 27, 2010.

• Schmidt RJ, Romitti PA, Burns TL, Browne ML, Druschel CM, Olney RS; the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (2009 Nov 11). Maternal caffeine consumption and risk of neural tube defects. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol (formerly Teratology) 85(11):879-889.V

 

Honors and Awards
• Paper recognized as a 2011 Paper of the Year by the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), 2011