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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.

Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.

UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine
451 Health Sciences Drive, Suite 6510 Genome Bldg.
Davis, California 95616

Phone:  530-752-2154



Dr. Van de Water is a well-known immunologist whose primary interests for the past 20 years include autoimmunity, immunopathology, and molecular and cell biology. Dr. Van de Water’s laboratory research programs include the identification of the various mechanisms associated with autoimmune and other immune-mediated disorders. This includes the biological aspects of autism spectrum disorders including immune dysfunction and autoantibody production. In addition, her current work involves the identification of maternal antibodies to fetal brain proteins found in some mothers of children with autism. Moreover, Dr. Van de Water was the Core Director of the Molecular and Cell Biology Core for the NIEHS Center for Children’s Environmental Health, entitled "Environmental Factors in the Etiology of Autism", investigating potential environmental risk factors contributing to the incidence and severity of childhood autism. This project has been renewed and Dr. Van de Water is now the P.I. of Project 2, the Immunological Susceptibility in Autism.    


B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, 1978
Ph.D., Immunology, University of California, Davis, 1988