Diana Ceballos, PhD, MS, CIH, works with our Chemicals and Health Hoffman Program team. Her research interests are in exposure assessment to complex chemical mixtures to determine effects on human health, especially as they pertain to vulnerable populations and emerging technologies.
Professional experience with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides Diana with an ample knowledge on occupational health, industrial hygiene, exposure assessment, sampling, and analysis. Research projects have included the assessment of workplace exposures to dry cleaning solvents, alternatives to perchloroethylene, assessment of metals and flame retardants in the electronic scrap recycling industry, assessment to metals and isocyanates in aircraft refinishing, and assessment of flame retardants in children gymnasiums.
Diana is working with the Hoffman Program team to develop innovative approaches to characterize exposure profiles of complex chemical mixtures on people suffering multiple chemical sensitivity to better understand the etiology of the disease and ways to mitigate symptoms. Diana will also be involved in different research initiatives within the environmental health department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to assess exposures to complex chemical mixtures and determine potential health effects in occupational and environmental settings.
Diana received her doctoral degree in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; her dissertation work included developing a new method to test the protective efficacy of gloves against isocyanate paints used by spray painters. Diana also holds a Master of Science in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia. She is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.