Rodrigo X. Armijos

rarmijos@indiana.edu
Office: (812) 856-4731 Lab: 812 855 6407
PH C025D

Education
  • University of Texas at El Paso, Postdoctoral in Molecular Biology, 2002-2003
  • Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico, ScD in Immunology, 2002
  • Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico, MSc in Immunology, 1987
  • College of Medicine, Central University of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador, M.D. in Medicine, 1981
Background
  • Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington; 8/2015-present
  • Director, Global Environmental Health Research Laboratory, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington; 8/2015-present
  • Faculty Affiliate. Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, IU School of Global & International Studies; 3/2018-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (tenured in 2010); 9/2004–7/2015
  • Director, Human Immunology, Nutrition, & Disease Research Laboratory, College of Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso; 2004-2015
  • Advisory Board Member & Faculty Affiliate, “Buen Ambiente, Buena Salud: Educational Strategies for Addressing Air Quality on the Border, UTEP-Environmental Protection Agency Internship Program; 9/2011-7/2015
  • Program Director, U.S.-Mexico Tuberculosis & Infectious Disease  Training, Research & Community Outreach Program, (ENLACES/TIES), University of Texas at El Paso; 2005-2008
  • Clinical Research Professor, Department of Health Promotion, College of Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso; 9/2003-8/2004
  • Graduate Program Director, Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Quito; 1996-1998
  • Director, National Tropical Disease Control Program, National Office of Epidemiology, Ministry of Public Health, Quito; 1995-1997
  • Director, National Leishmaniasis & Chagas Disease Control Program, National Office of Epidemiology, Ministry of Public Health, Quito; 1993-1995
  • Director, Division of Tropical Medicine & Nutrition, Biomedical Research Institute, College of Medicine, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Quito; 1987-2002
  • Chief, Tuberculosis Division (Northern Ecuador), National Hygiene Institute "Leopoldo Izquieta Perez", Ministry of Public Health, Quito; 1987-2001
  • Director, Immunology Research Laboratory, Biomedical Research Institute, College of Medicine, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Quito; 1987-2002
  • Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, College of Medicine, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Quito; 1987-2002
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Quito; 1982-1984
Reseach Interests
  • Air pollutant exposure (especially UFP and PM2.5), inflammation, oxidative stress, and cardiorespiratory health of children and women
  • Epidemiology, prevention and control of infectious diseases
  • Food insecurity, health, and health care
  • Health challenges of Latinos/Hispanics, other ethnic minority groups, and immigrants
  • Global health
Selected Publications

Arroyo IZ, Gomez C*, Alarcon H*, Jimenez A, Pardo A,  Montaño G, Armijos RX, Noveron JC. (2018) Alkyl length effects on the DNA transport properties of Cu (II) and Zn(II) metallovesicles: an in vitro and in vivo study. Journal of Drug Delivery; https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/2851579.

Weigel MM, Armijos RX. (2018) Food insecurity, cardiometabolic health, and health care in U.S.-Mexico border immigrant adults: An exploratory study. J Immigr Minority Health, doi: 10.1007/s10903-018-0817-3.

Obeng-Gyasi E*, Armijos RX, Weigel MM, Filippeli G, Sayegh A. (2018) Cardiovascular-related outcomes in U.S. adults exposed to lead. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 15(4), 759 doi: 10.3390/ijerph 15040759.

Obeng-Gyasi E*, Armijos RX, Weigel MM, Filippeli G, Sayegh A. (2018) Hepatobiliary-related outcomes in U.S. adults exposed to lead. Environments, 5(4); 46 doi:10.3390/environments504004.

Olvera H, Meyers O, Weigel MM, Armijos RX. (2018) The value of using seasonality and meterological variables to model intra-urban PM2.5 variation. Atmospheric Environment; 182:1-8.

Weigel MM, Armijos RX. (2018) Household food insecurity and psychosocial dysfunction in Ecuadorian elementary schoolchildren. Int J Pediatrics;1-7 doi: https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6067283.

Raysoni AU*, Armijos RX, Weigel MM, Echanique P, Racines M, Pingitore NE, Li WW. (2017) Evaluation of sources and patterns of elemental composition of PM2.5 at three low-income neighborhood schools and residences in Quito, Ecuador. Int J Environ Res Public Health; 14(7). pii: E674. doi: 10.3390/ijerph 14070674.

Kipp E*, Mariscal J*, Armijos RX, Weigel MM, Waldrup K. (2016) Genetic evidence of enzootic leishmaniasis in a stray canine and Texas mouse from sites in West and Central Texas. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz.; 111(10):652-654. doi: 10.1590/0074-02760160225.

Raysoni AU*, Armijos RX, Weigel MM, Montoya T*, Echanique P, Racines M, Li WW. (2016) Assessment of indoor and outdoor PM species at schools and residences in a high-altitude Ecuadorian urban center. Environmental Pollution;214:668-79.

Weigel MM, Armijos RX, Racines M, Cevallos W, Castro NP. (2016) Association of household food insecurity with the mental and physical health of low-income urban Ecuadorian women with children. J Environ Public Health; http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/ 5256084

Weigel MM, Armijos RX, Racines M, Cevallos W. (2016) Food Insecurity is associated with undernutrition but not overnutrition in Ecuadorian women from low-income urban neighborhoods. J Environ Public Health; 8149459. doi:10.1155/2016

Armijos RX, Weigel MM, Meyers O, Li WW, Racines M, Berwick M. (2015) Residential exposure to urban traffic is associated with increased carotid intima-media thickness in children. Journal of Environmental and Public Health; 713540.

Sobin C, Flores MG*, Parisi N*, Schaub M*, Cervantes M*, Armijos RX. (2013) Microglial disruption in Young mice with early chronic exposure to lead. Toxicology Letters. 2013;220:44-52.

Weigel MM, Armijos RX, Beltran O*. (2013) Musculoskeletal injury, functional disability, and health-related quality of life in aging Mexican immigrant farmworkers. Journal of Immigrant Minority Health; doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9788-6.

Weigel MM, Armijos RX. (2011) Exploratory study of the occupational health and health-seeking of migrant and seasonal farmworkers on the U.S.-Mexico Border. J Immigrant Minority Health; doi: 10.1007/s10903-011-9503-4.