Biomonitoring California Laboratories
Biomonitoring California laboratories have extensive experience analyzing biological specimens (such as blood and urine) for chemical contaminants.
Examples of chemicals the laboratories can measure include:
- Metals (such as mercury, lead, cadmium)
- Phenols (such as bisphenol A, triclosan)
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
Biomonitoring California laboratories have been developing methods to measure low levels of these chemicals in people.
Biomonitoring California Laboratories include:
Since 2007 the Program’s laboratories have made significant advances in their ability to measure chemicals (see Figure 1; Figure 1 abbreviations).
The Program’s laboratories can now analyze approximately 140 different chemicals in blood and/or urine and are developing methods to test for additional chemicals of particular importance to California.
The Program had tested more than 700 Californians as of May 2012 and anticipates being able to test up to 1,000 people annually in the foreseeable future.
For lists of publications by Biomonitoring California laboratories' staff, visit these pages:
Biomonitoring California collaborates with academic and medical researchers to look at environmental contaminants in California residents.
Since 2007, the Program has collaborated with partners in two ways:
- Full Project Collaborations - Biomonitoring California designs and carries out the entire study in partnership with other organizations. This involves:
- Laboratory Collaborations - Biomonitoring California laboratories analyze blood and urine samples collected by outside partners as part of other research projects.
In both types of collaborations, the samples are sent to and analyzed by Biomonitoring California laboratories.
Learn how samples are managed and tracked, and how the identity of participants is protected.