Chief, Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch
Division of Laboratory Sciences
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES): Biomonitoring Experience and Results
Dr. Antonia Calafat is the Chief of the Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. She leads CDC's biomonitoring programs for assessing human exposure to pesticides; flame retardants; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; chemicals added to consumer and personal-care products such as phthalates and phenols; and persistent organic pollutants including polybrominated diphenyl ethers; polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, furans, and biphenyls; and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
She has developed and maintained extensive collaborative research with leading scientists in the fields of exposure science, epidemiology, toxicology and health assessment. Her research has made important contributions to biomonitoring science, including CDC's National Reports on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.
Dr. Calafat earned her PhD in Chemistry in 1989 from the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Chemistry of Emory University where she completed her postdoctoral training. She joined CDC in 1996.