Judith Van de Water, Ph.D.

Judith Anne Van de Water, Ph.D.


Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology





Internal Medicine


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Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute


Ph.D., UC Davis, Davis CA 1988

B.S., UC Davis, Davis CA 1978

Professional Memberships

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Honors and Awards

Ball State University McGovern Award for Autism Research, 2012

Slifka/Ritvo Award for Excellence in Autism Research, 2011

Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program Division of Research Outstanding Paper for autism research, 2005

Visiting Professor: University of Konstanz, Konstanz Germany, 1998

UC Davis School of Medicine Team Recognition Award, 1997

Special Performance Award, UC Davis, 1989

American Association for Immunologists Travel Award for Berlin to attend International Congress of Immunology, Berlin, 1989

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Research Prize, Chicago, Illinois, 1988

Select Recent Publications

J Van de Water. Risk assessment test for MAR ASD: a subtype of Autism NAR Celis. The Journal of Immunology. 2020;204(1):58.3-58.3.

Matelski L, Morgan RK, Grodzki AC, Van de Water J, Lein PJ. Effects of cytokines on nuclear factor-kappa B, cell viability, and synaptic connectivity in a human neuronal cell line [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jan 21]. Mol Psychiatry. 2020;10.1038/s41380-020-0647-2. doi:10.1038/s41380-020-0647-2.

Bauman MD and Van de Water J. Translational opportunities in the prenatal immune environment: Promises and limitations of the maternal immune activation model. Neurobiol Dis. 2020;141:104864. doi:10.1016/j.nbd.2020.104864.

Estes ML, Prendergast K, MacMahon JA, Cameron S, Paul Aboubechara J, Farrelly K, Sell GL, Haapanen L, Schauer JD, Horta A, Shaffer IC, Le CT, Kincheloe GN, Tan DJ, van der List D, Bauman MD, Carter CS, Van de Water J, McAllister AK. Baseline immunoreactivity before pregnancy and poly(I:C) dose combine to dictate susceptibility and resilience of offspring to maternal immune activation. Brain Behav Immun. 2020. Epub 2020/04/27. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2020.04.061. PubMed PMID: 32335198.

Ames JL, Windham GC, Lyall K, Pearl M, Kharrazi M, Yoshida CK, Van de Water J, Ashwood P, Croen LA. Neonatal Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and Subsequent Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability. Autism Res. 2020;13:444–455. (first pub. 2019 Dec 10)

Ramirez-Celis A, Edmiston E, Schauer J, Vu T, Van de Water J. Peptides of neuron specific enolase as potential ASD biomarkers: From discovery to epitope mapping. Brain Behav Immun. 2020;84:200-208. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2019.12.002.

Beversdorf DQ, Stevens HE, Margolis KG, Van de Water J. Prenatal stress and maternal immune dysregulation in autism spectrum disorders- potential points for intervention. Curr Pharm Des. 2019;25(41):4331–4343. doi:10.2174/1381612825666191119093335.

Bruce M, Streifel KM, Boosalis CA, Heuer L, González EA, Li S, Harvey DJ, Lein PJ, Van de Water J. Acute peripheral immune activation alters cytokine expression and glial activation in the early postnatal rat brain. J Neuroinflammation. 2019;16(1):200. Published 2019 Oct 31. doi:10.1186/s12974-019-1569-2.

Bolandparvaz A, Harriman R, Alvarez K, Lilova K, Zang Z, Lam A, Edmiston E, Navrotsky A, Vapniarsky-Arzi N, Van De Water J, Lewis JS. Towards a nanoparticle-based prophylactic for maternal autoantibody-related autism. Nanomedicine. 2019 Oct;21:102067. Published online 2019 Jul 23. doi: 10.1016/j.nano.2019.102067

Estes ML, Farrelly K, Cameron S, Aboubechara JP, Haapanen L, Schauer JD, Horta A, Prendergast K, MacMahon JA, Shaffer CI, Le CT, Kincheloe GN, Tan DJ, van der List D, Bauman MD, Carter CS, Van de Water J, McAllister AK. Enhancing rigor and reproducibility in maternal immune activation models: practical considerations and predicting resilience and susceptibility using baseline immune responsiveness before pregnancy. bioRxiv. 2019 Jul 13:699983. doi:10.1101/699983.