Asa Bradman PhD

Associate Director, Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health
Associate Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
  • PhD - Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley
  • MSc - Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley
  • PH 150B - Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences
  • PH 290 - Risk Assessment Seminar
Research Interests: 
  • Children’s environmental health
Research Description: 

Dr. Asa Bradman is an environmental health scientist and expert in exposure assessment and epidemiology focusing on occupational and environmental exposures to pregnant women and children. He co-founded the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH) in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and directs an initiative to improve environmental quality in California child care facilities. Dr. Bradman leads studies focusing on pesticides, flame retardants, metals, emerging pollutants, VOCs, indoor air quality, and other contaminants. He also participates in extensive community outreach and education, and interfaces with other scientists, state and federal agencies, policy makers, and industry. He participates on several advisory bodies and is currently chair of the California Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel (appointed by Governors Schwarzennegger [2007] and Brown [2013]).

Current Projects: 
  • Identification and evaluation of VOCs in child care facilities.
  • Art hazards in elementary school education.
  • Ensuring best practices for expression, handling, and storage of breastmilk.
  • Current-use fumigants: health effects of prenatal and early childhood exposures.
  • Environmental health outreach and education for child care providers.
  • Integrated pest management training resources for California pest management professionals working in early care and education (ECE) facilities.
  • CHAMACOS longitudinal birth cohort study evaluating exposure and health among families in the Salinas Valley, California.
Selected Publications: 

Bradman A, Eskenazi B, Barr DB, Bravo R, Castorina R, Chevrier J, Kogut K, Harnly ME, McKone TE. Organophosphate urinary metabolite levels during pregnancy and after delivery in women living in an agricultural community. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Dec;113(12):1802-7.

Bradman A, Whyatt RM. Characterizing exposures to nonpersistent pesticides during pregnancy and early childhood in the National Children's Study: a review of monitoring and measurement methodologies. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Aug;113(8):1092-9.

Bradman A, Castorina R, Barr DB, Chevrier J, Harnly ME, Eisen EA, McKone TE, Harley K, Holland N, Eskenazi B. Determinants of organophosphorus pesticide urinary metabolite levels in young children living in an agricultural community. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 Apr;8(4):1061-83. doi: 10.3390/ijerph8041061. Epub 2011 Apr 8.

Bradman A, Kogut K, Eisen EA, Jewell NP, Quirós-Alcalá L, Castorina R, Chevrier J, Holland NT, Barr DB, Kavanagh-Baird G, Eskenazi B. Variability of organophosphorous pesticide metabolite levels in spot and 24-hr urine samples collected from young children during 1 week. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 Jan;121(1):118-24. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1104808. Epub 2012 Oct 9.

Bradman A, Castorina R, Sjödin A, Fenster L, Jones RS, Harley KG, Chevrier J, Holland NT, Eskenazi B. (2012) Factors associated with serum polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) levels among school-age children in the CHAMACOS cohort. Environ Sci Technol 2012 Jul 3;46(13):7373-81. doi: 10.1021/es3003487. Epub 2012 Jun 12.

Bradman, A., Castorina, R., Gaspar, F., Nishioka, M., Colón, M., Weathers, W., Egeghy, P.P., Maddalena, R., Williams, J., Jenkins, P.L., McKone, T.E. (2014) Flame retardant exposures in California early childhood education environments. Chemosphere: 48(13):7593-601.

Bradman A., Gaspar, F., Castorina, R., Williams, J., Hoang, T., Jenkins, P.L., McKone, T.E., Maddalena, R. (2015) Formaldehyde and Acetaldehyde Exposures in California Early Childhood Education Environments. Indoor Air. 2016 Jan 25. doi: 10.1111/ina.12283. [Epub ahead of print]

Gaspar, F.W., Castorina, R., Maddalena, R.L., Nishioka, M.G., McKone, T.E., Bradman, A. (2014) Phthalate exposure and risk assessment in California child care facilities. Environmental Science & Technology: 48(13):7593-601.

Other interests: 

Mountain biking, gardening, ocean/lake/river swimming

Profile Updated: April 12, 2016