Diana M. Ceballos, PhD, MS, CIH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

PhD, University of Washington
MS, University of Nevada, Reno

Pronouns: she/her/hers

My life’s passion is to address health disparities by identifying environmental factors that cause disease, injury, or impairment. These factors range from emerging hazards related to new technologies, to known hazards that are transferred to vulnerable populations including workers in small businesses, minorities, and workers in developing economies. My research aims to better understand health effects from exposure to complex mixtures to uncovering and addressing the disproportionate burden of exposure in vulnerable populations. I am motivated by interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects to understand and prevent health effects of environmental and occupational contaminants in the United States and abroad. I have expertise in the development, coordination and analysis of highly complex environmental and biological sampling techniques, including the development of new sampling methodologies. I aim to recommend safer alternatives, controls, and practical solutions to minimize exposure to complex chemical mixtures and resulting health conditions. I strive to better understand the connection between exposure to hazards in the workplace and the community including the home where workers may transfer hazards to their children. My work was recognized when appointed from 2014-2017 as a Harvard JPB Environmental Health Fellow, promoting a new generation of Environmental Health scholars who are committed to comprehensive approaches to address health disparities in disadvantaged communities. I am a recipient of the 2019 NIOSH Science Bullard-Sherwood r2p Award and the 2021 Boston University School of Public Health McCahan Educational Innovation Award. I am the Director of the BUSPH Exposure Biology Research Laboratory.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Reducing Metal Exposures in the Home: A Pilot Intervention
01/15/2020 - 01/15/2023 (PI)
Department of Housing and Urban Development

Interpersonnel Agreement for Diana Ceballos Ochoa
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
HHS/CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Characterizing Social, Physical, and Health Risk Factors for the Development of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Symptoms
09/15/2016 - 09/15/2020 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Spengler/Cedeno
Harvard Hoffman Program

Assessing the Role of Inflammation in the Development of Chemical Sensitivity Symptoms in a Longitudinal Cohort of Student Nurses
09/15/2016 - 09/15/2020 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Spengler/Cedeno
Harvard Hoffman Program

Assessing Exposures to Persistent Organic Pollutants in Electronics Recycling
09/30/2016 - 07/21/2020 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Adamkiewicz

Boston University School of Public Health Pilot
10/15/2016 - 10/15/2017 (Co-PI)
PI: Webster
Boston University

Harvard Education and Research Center Pilot
10/15/2016 - 10/15/2017 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Allen
Harvard University

Harvard NIEHS Research Center for Environmental Health Pilot
04/15/2016 - 04/15/2017 (PI)

NIOSH Small National Occupational Research Agenda Project
09/01/2014 - 09/01/2015 (PI)

Environmental Protection Agency Pilot Assessment
01/01/2012 - 01/01/2013 (PI)

01/01/2009 - 01/01/2012 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Yost
1 R01 OH009364-01

Medical Aid/Accident Fund mission-related research and service projects
01/01/2009 - 01/01/2011 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Yost
University of Washington

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  1. Ceballos DM, Dong Z, Peters JL, Herrick RF, Gupta P, Spengler JD. Metals dust in workers' homes and potential for take home in the Greater Boston area: Pilot study. Environ Res. 2022 Jun; 209:112893.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35131322; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.112893;
  2. Kaleem Ahmid, Aaron Specht, Larissa Morikaw, Diana Ceballos, Sara Wylie. Lead and other toxic metals in plastic play foods: Results from testing citizen science, lead detection tools in childcare settings. Journal of Environmental Management. 2022; 321(115904). View Publication
  3. Specht AJ, Zhang X, Young A, Nguyen VT, Christiani DC, Ceballos DM, Allen JG, Weuve J, Nie LH, Weisskopf MG. Validation of in vivo toenail measurements of manganese and mercury using a portable X-ray fluorescence device. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 May; 32(3):427-433.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34211112; PMCID: PMC8720103; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-021-00358-w;
  4. Ceballos DM, Fellows KM, Evans AE, Janulewicz PA, Lee EG, Whittaker SG. Perchloroethylene and Dry Cleaning: It's Time to Move the Industry to Safer Alternatives. Front Public Health. 2021; 9:638082.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33748070; PMCID: PMC7973082; DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.638082;
  5. Ceballos DM, Young AS, Allen JG, Specht AJ, Nguyen VT, Craig JA, Miller M, Webster TF. Exposures in nail salons to trace elements in nail polish from impurities or pigment ingredients - A pilot study. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2021 03; 232:113687.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33445102; PMCID: PMC7854487; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2020.113687;
  6. Ceballos DM, Herrick RF, Carreón T, Nguyen VT, Chu MT, Sadowski JP, Blumenthal H, Morata TC. Expanding Reach of Occupational Health Knowledge: Contributing Subject-Matter Expertise to Wikipedia as a Class Assignment. Inquiry. 2021 Jan-Dec; 58:469580211035735. PMID: 34595964; PMCID: PMC8489755; DOI: 10.1177/00469580211035735;
  7. Ceballos DM, Herrick RF, Dong Z, Kalweit A, Miller M, Quinn J, Spengler JD. Factors affecting lead dust in construction workers' homes in the Greater Boston Area. Environ Res. 2021 04; 195:110510. PMID: 33245888
  8. Ceballos D, Zhou M, Herrick R. Metals and Particulates Exposure from a Mobile E-Waste Shredding Truck: A Pilot Study. Ann Work Expo Health. 2020 10 08; 64(8):890-896. PMID: 32747949; PMCID: PMC7544000; DOI: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa058;
  9. Gong W, Zhao L, Ceballos D, Zhu B. Lead and noise exposures at eight Chinese registered electronics recycling facilities. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2020 09; 230:113611. PMID: 32919138; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2020.113611;
  10. Ceballos DM, Côté D, Bakhiyi B, Flynn MA, Zayed J, Gravel S, Herrick RF, Labrèche F. Overlapping vulnerabilities in workers of the electronics recycling industry formal sector: A commentary. Am J Ind Med. 2020 11; 63(11):955-962. PMID: 32851678; PMCID: PMC8011458; DOI: 10.1002/ajim.23173;
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2021 Boston University School of Public Health : McCahan Educational Innovation Award
2019 CDC NIOSH: Science Bullard-Sherwood r2p Award
2014-2018 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: JPB Environmental Health fellow
2012 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: On-the-spot award for completing a complex HHE report
2011 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health : On-the-spot award for Hispanic emphasis efforts in the HHE Program
2011 NIOSH Hazard Evaluation & Technical Assistance Branch: Star Award for Hispanic emphasis efforts in the HHE Program
2009 American Industrial Hygiene Association: Pacific Northwest Section Scholarship
2008 University of Washington: Outstanding Ph.D. graduate student award, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
2007 SHARP Program: Professional growth in health & safety award
2006-2009 Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Training program fellowship
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