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, and the 2019 NIOSH Science Bullard-Sherwood r2p Award.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

2019 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


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. Gong W, Zhao L, Ceballos D, Zhu B. Lead and noise exposures at eight Chinese registered electronics recycling facilities. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. 2020; 230(113611):1-9. View Publication
  2. 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 Aug 26. PMID: 32851678; DOI: 10.1002/ajim.23173;
  3. 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 Aug 04. PMID: 32747949; DOI: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa058;
  4. Lee EG, Ceballos DM. Adoption of Exposure Assessment Tools to Assist in Providing Respiratory Protection Recommendations. Ann Work Expo Health. 2020 Jun 24; 64(5):547-557. PMID: 32155240; DOI: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa023;
  5. Kalweit A, Herrick RF, Flynn MA, Spengler JD, Berko JK, Levy JI, Ceballos DM. Eliminating Take-Home Exposures: Recognizing the Role of Occupational Health and Safety in Broader Community Health. Ann Work Expo Health. 2020 Mar 10; 64(3):236-249.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31993629
  6. Craig JA, Ceballos DM, Fruh V, Petropoulos ZE, Allen JG, Calafat AM, Ospina M, Stapleton HM, Hammel S, Gray R, Webster TF. Exposure of Nail Salon Workers to Phthalates, Di(2-ethylhexyl) Terephthalate, and Organophosphate Esters: A Pilot Study. Environ Sci Technol. 2019 12 17; 53(24):14630-14637.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31736299; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b02474;
  7. LeighAnne Taylor, Robert Herrick, Diana Ceballos. Electronic waste containing PCBs - Information & Safety. 2019.
  8. Ceballos D, Guerrero M, Kalweit A, Rabin R, Spengler J, Herrick R. One-Hour Pilot Training to Prevent Workers From Taking Home Workplace Contaminants. New Solut. 2020 02; 29(4):519-529. PMID: 31698992; DOI: 10.1177/1048291119887188;
  9. Jacklitsch B, Ceballos D. Reducing cold-related illness and death among workers. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2019-113. 2019. View Publication
  10. Ceballos DM, Craig J, Fu X, Jia C, Chambers D, Chu MT, Fernandez AT, Fruh V, Petropoulos ZE, Allen JG, Vallarino J, Thornburg L, Webster TF. Biological and environmental exposure monitoring of volatile organic compounds among nail technicians in the Greater Boston area. Indoor Air. 2019 07; 29(4):539-550.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31112343
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