Scientific Guidance Panel

Program staff and audience at Panel meetingThe Scientific Guidance Panel, a panel of expert scientists from outside of state government, plays a major role in the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (also known as Biomonitoring California).   

Role of the Panel

The role of the Panel is to:

  1. Make recommendations regarding the program’s design and implementation.  This includes making specific recommendations regarding chemicals that are priorities for biomonitoring in California.
  2. Provide scientific peer review for Biomonitoring California

Appointment of Panel members

The Panel has a total of 9 members.  Appointment to the Panel is by the Governor (5 members) and the California Legislature (Speaker of the Assembly, 2 members; Senate Committee on Rules, 2 members).

As required by SB 1379, persons appointed to the Scientific Guidance Panel must have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental medicine, risk analysis, exposure assessment, developmental biology, laboratory science, bioethics, maternal and child health (specialty in breastfeeding), and toxicology.

They oversee and make recommendations on how the program is developed and carried out.

Panel meetings are open to the public.

Scientific Guidance Panel meeting - Some Panel members

Scientific Guidance Panel Members



Appointed by

Scott M. Bartell, M.S., Ph.D.Associate Professor, Program in Public Health, University of California, IrvineSenate Committee on Rules

Asa Bradman, M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Director, Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley and Co-Principal Investigator, Center for Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS)

Governor Brown

Carl F. Cranor, Ph.D., M.S.L.

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and faculty member of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program, UC Riverside

Senate Committee on Rules

Oliver Fiehn, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the National Institutes of Health West Coast Metabolomics Center, UC Davis

Governor Brown

Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, California Breast Cancer Research Program
University of California, Office of the President

Speaker of the Assembly

Ulrike Luderer, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Medicine, UC Irvine

Governor Brown

Thomas McKone, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley and Senior Scientist, Environmental Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Governor Brown

Penelope (Jenny) Quintana, Ph.D., M.P.H.Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State UniversityGovernor Brown

Megan R. Schwarzman, M.D., M.P.H.

Research Scientist, UC Berkeley Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and Associate Director of Health and Environment, Berkeley Center for Green ChemistrySpeaker of the Assembly

Scientific Guidance Panel Member Biographies

Scott M. Bartell, M.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Scott M. Bartell is Associate Professor in Public Health, Statistics, and Epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine. His research interest is environmental health methodology, with an emphasis on environmental epidemiology, exposure science, and risk assessment.  For the C8 Health Project/C8 Science Panel Studies, Dr. Bartell has worked on linking fate and transport models and a pharmacokinetic model for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, or “C8”) with individual-level residential histories and health outcomes.  He has also developed formal statistical methods for biomarker-based exposure estimation and for estimating the biological half-life from observational data in the presence of ongoing exposures.  He has served on scientific advisory committees for the National Research Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.     

Asa Bradman, M.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Asa Bradman is an Environmental Health Scientist who focuses on environmental exposures to pregnant women and young children. In 1997, he helped create, and is now Associate Director of, the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. In this capacity he helps direct multiple biomonitoring and exposure studies investigating the relationship of environmental exposures and health in children living in the Salinas Valley, California. Dr. Bradman is also Co-Principal Investigator of the National Children's Study in Kern County and leads an initiative to improve environmental quality in California child care centers. Between 1987 and 1997, Dr. Bradman participated in studies of lead exposure, iron deficiency, pesticide exposure, and childhood cancer with the California Department of Health Services. He has served on a number of advisory bodies, including the Science Advisory Council for the National Center for Healthy Homes (current), California Childcare Health Program Advisory Committee (current), and the Exposures to Chemical Agents Working Group for the National Children's Study.

Carl F. Cranor, Ph.D., M.S.L.
Dr. Carl Cranor is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and member of the faculty of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at the University of California, Riverside. For 25 years his research has focused on philosophic issues concerning risks, science and the law. He is the author of Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law (Oxford, 1993), Toxic Torts: Science, Law and the Possibility of Justice (Cambridge, 2006), and Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants (Harvard, 2011), as well as co-author of Identifying and Regulating Carcinogens (U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, 1987), and Valuing Health: Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Regulation (Institute of Medicine, 2006). His research has been supported by about $1 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program, and other agencies. He has served on California science advisory panels (Proposition 65 Scientific Advisory Panel, Electric and Magnetic Fields Panel, and Nanotechnology Panel) as well as on Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences Committees. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Collegium Ramazzini.

Oliver Fiehn, Ph.D.
Dr. Oliver Fiehn is Full Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis. He is Director of the West Coast Metabolomics Center of the National Institutes of Health, which is housed in the UC Davis Genome Center. He has pioneered developments and applications in comprehensive analysis of metabolism with over 110 publications to date, starting from 2000 onwards as group leader at the Max-Planck Institute in Potsdam, Germany. He is currently overseeing two laboratories with more than 25 staff members and 15 mass spectrometers. He is integrating new approaches and technologies to perform pathway-based mapping of metabolic regulation in response to genetic or environmental perturbations. He is performing active research in cancer metabolism, mitochondrial toxicity, metabolic diseases, databases and drug-response phenotyping. In his function on the board of directors of the Metabolomics Society, he has chaired efforts to establish metabolomic databases and libraries, to standardize metabolomic reports and has organized a range of workshops and conferences.

Marion H. E. Kavanaugh-Lynch, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch is the Director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program in the Office of the President at the University of California. Her work includes setting priorities and developing strategies for the state of California's research efforts designed to bring an end to breast cancer. She recently led a national panel that developed research strategies to explore the role of environmental contaminants in breast cancer and disparities in breast cancer. She is now overseeing implementation of the selected projects while planning a second phase, which will add breast cancer prevention. She is also involved in developing the science of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and is leading a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to develop new infrastructure for CBPR. She has served on peer review and advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the California Department of Health Services, as well as for The Breast Cancer Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and the American Cancer Society.

Ulrike Luderer, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Ulrike Luderer is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California at Irvine. She also holds secondary appointments in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology and the Program in Public Health, and is the Director of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program. Dr. Luderer's research focuses on mechanisms of action of reproductive toxicants and on the roles of antioxidants and oxidative stress in reproductive toxicity and reproductive aging. She has served on several expert panels of the National Toxicology Program's Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (now called the Office of Health Assessment and Translation), was a member of National Research Council and World Health Organization advisory committees, and has served on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Health Committee.

Thomas McKone, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas E. McKone is a Senior Staff Scientist and Deputy Head of the Indoor Environment Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor with the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include the development, use, and evaluation of models and data for human and ecological exposure assessments and risk assessments; chemical transport and transformation in the environment; and the health and environmental impacts of energy, industrial, and agricultural systems. He has been a member of several National Academy of Sciences Committees, has served on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board, as well as a member of advisory committees for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Penelope (Jenny) Quintana, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Penelope (Jenny) Quintana is Professor of Public Health at San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. She has an M.P.H. from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley. She has a research focus on exposures to children and vulnerable populations at the US-Mexico border. She has assessed children’s exposure to toxicants in house dust and on surfaces, for example residual tobacco toxicants remaining after smoking has taken place, known as third-hand smoke.  In conjunction with researchers at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana, she has studied markers of DNA damage in placentas from a Tijuana hospital, and exposure to toxic traffic pollutants inside vehicles waiting in lines to cross the US-Mexico border. With the University of Washington, she has measured absorption of diesel pollutants through urinary analysis in pedestrians waiting in long lines northbound at the San Ysidro Port of Entry next to idling diesel buses. She is the author of a 2013 report drawing attention to the long northbound wait times and lines of idling vehicles at US-Mexico Ports of Entry as an environmental justice issue for border crossers and surrounding communities.

Megan R. Schwarzman, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Megan Schwarzman is a Research Scientist at UC Berkeley’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH). She also serves as Associate Director of Health and Environment for the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, which she co-founded in 2009. Her work focuses on endocrine disrupting substances, reproductive environmental health, U.S. and European chemicals policy, and how to use environmental health knowledge to design safety and sustainability into the chemical building blocks of materials. Dr. Schwarzman earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, completed her specialty training in Family Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves on the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s Green Ribbon Science Panel.
In addition to her work at UC Berkeley, Dr. Schwarzman practices medicine part time at San Francisco General Hospital.

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