Diana Ceballos

Diana M. Ceballos, PhD, MS, CIH

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


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.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • University of Washington, PhD Field of Study: Environmental & Occupational Hygiene
  • University of Nevada, Reno, MS Field of Study: Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, BS Field of Study: Chemical Engineering

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH804


  • Published on 7/1/2021

    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. 2021 Jul 01. PMID: 34211112.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 3/5/2021

    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. PMID: 33748070.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 1/11/2021

    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. PMID: 33445102.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2021

    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.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 11/24/2020

    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.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 10/8/2020

    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.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 9/9/2020

    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.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 8/26/2020

    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.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 6/24/2020

    Lee EG, Ceballos DM. Adoption of Exposure Assessment Tools to Assist in Providing Respiratory Protection Recommendations. Ann Work Expo Health. 2020 06 24; 64(5):547-557. PMID: 32155240.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 3/10/2020

    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 03 10; 64(3):236-249. PMID: 31993629.

    Read At: PubMed

News & In the Media