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Maria Argos, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Building & Room:



1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-1584



Maria Argos is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Maria's research focuses on environmental and molecular epidemiology of chronic diseases, with particular emphasis on the health effects of metal exposures. Her research has a strong emphasis on identifying molecular pathways altered by environmental exposures that influence disease risk, by leveraging high-dimensional molecular data and biomarker data obtained from biological specimens collected in the epidemiological setting. She is the principal investigator of the Bangladesh Environmental Research in Children's Health (BIRCH) cohort that aims to evaluate early life health effects of arsenic exposure and metal mixtures. She is a co-investigator of the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS); the Chicago Field Center of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos; the Illinois site of the national All of Us Research Program; and the UIC Cohort of Patients, Family and Friends. She has extensive experience implementing longitudinal epidemiologic studies among diverse participant populations in the US and internationally. She is also particularly interested in the development of epidemiological methods for the assessment of gene-environment interactions.

Selected Publications

Shih YH, Scannell Bryan M, Parvez F, Uesugi KH, Shahriar M, Ahmed A, Islam T, Ahsan H, Argos M. Gravidity, parity, blood pressure and mortality among women in Bangladesh from the HEALS cohort. BMJ Open 2020. 10(8):e037244. View in Pubmed.


Shih YH, Scannell Bryan M, Argos M. Association between prenatal arsenic exposure, birth outcomes, and pregnancy complications: An observational study within the National Children’s Study cohort. Environmental Research 2020. 183:109182. View in Pubmed.


Scannell Bryan M, Sofer T, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Thyagarajan B, Zeng D, Daviglus ML, Argos M. Mendelian randomization of inorganic arsenic metabolism as a risk factor for hypertension- and diabetes-related traits among adults in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology 2019. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyz046. View in Pubmed.


Bulka CM, Bryan MS, Persky VW, Daviglus ML, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Parvez F, Slavkovich V, Graziano JH, Islam T, Baron JA, Ahsan H, Argos M. Changes in blood pressure associated with lead, manganese, and selenium in a Bangladeshi cohort. Environmental Pollution 2019; 248:28-35. View in Pubmed.


Bulka CM, Daviglus ML, Persky VW, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Lash JP, Elfassy T, Lee DJ, Ramos AR, Tarraf W, Argos M. Association of occupational exposures with cardiovascular disease among US Hispanics/Latinos. Heart 2019; 105(6):439-448. View in Pubmed.


Argos M, Tong L, Roy S, Sabarinathan M, Ahmed A, Islam MT, Islam T, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Shahriar H, Rahman M, Yunus M, Graziano JH, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Zhou X, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Screening for gene-environment (G×E) interaction using omics data from exposed individuals: an application to gene-arsenic interaction. Mammalian Genome 2018; 29(1-2):101-111. View in Pubmed.


Bulka CM, Mabila SL, Lash JP, Turyk ME, Argos M. Arsenic and Obesity: A Comparison of Urine Dilution Adjustment Methods. Environmental Health Perspectives 2017; 125(8):087020. View in Pubmed.


Shih YH, Islam T, Hore SK, Sarwar G, Shahriar MH, Yunus M, Graziano JH, Harjes J, Baron JA, Parvez F, Ahsan H, Argos M. Associations between prenatal arsenic exposure with adverse pregnancy outcome and child mortality. Environmental Research 2017; 158:456-461. View in Pubmed.


Bulka CM, Davis MA, Karagas MR, Ahsan H, Argos M. The Unintended Consequences of a Gluten-free Diet. Epidemiology 2017; 28(3):e24-e25. View in Pubmed.


Bulka CM, Jones RM, Turyk ME, Stayner LT, Argos M. Arsenic in drinking water and prostate cancer in Illinois counties: An ecologic study. Environmental Research 2016; 148:450-456. View in Pubmed.


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PhD (Epidemiology), 2011, Columbia University

MPH (Environmental Health Sciences), 2003, Columbia University

BS (Biology), 2000, Boston College