With a background in Chemistry and Epidemiology, Myrto Petreas’s main research interest is to assess exposures to toxic chemicals. As the Chief of Environmental Chemistry Branch at the Cal/EPA, she helped establish the California Biomonitoring Program, focusing on identifying chemicals of emerging concern in vulnerable populations and gauging the efficacy of public health and regulatory interventions to reduce exposures to such chemicals. She is an Associate Editor for Chemosphere. As a Fulbright Fellow in Greece (Spring 2019) she will give several lectures on environmental health topics at the University of the Aegean at Mytilini. In addition, she will work with her hosts on a pilot research project to validate methodologies to be used in Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WBE) studies to assess profiles of chemical contaminants (pharmaceuticals, pesticides, personal care products, etc.) in waste water as markers of exposure of communities served by these treatment plants.
California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
Branch Chief of Environmental Chemistry
Ph.D., School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California Berkeley, 1990