University of California
James M. Meyers, EdD, MPH

Megan R. Schwarzman, MD, MPH

Research Scientist
School of Public Health
461 University Hall, #7360
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
phone: (510) 643-4685 / fax: (510) 642-5815

Full CV (pdf)

Program in Green Chemistry and Chemicals Policy
Systems Approach to Green Chemistry (SAGE-IGERT)
Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC)

Creative Achievements

  • Medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2000 and completed specialty training in Family Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco in 2003.
  • Masters studies (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2007


Current Research Interests

  • Green chemistry and chemicals policy, including the intersection between European Union regulations and policy development in California.
  • The production, use and disposal of chemicals and products and their implications for human health and the environment.
  • Clinical practice and instruction in family medicine and reproductive health.


Key Publications

Schwarzman M, Dairkee S, Janssen S, Johnson D, Rudel R, Solomon G, Zeis L, Screening for Chemical Contributions to Breast Cancer Risk: A Case Study for Innovation in Chemical Safety Evaluation (in preparation)

Kokai A, Schwarzman M, Wilson M, Using Metrics of Bioaccumulation and Persistence in Chemical Assessment for Health Hazard Reduction (in preparation)

Osborne G, Fenton S, Janssen S, Rudel R, Schwarzman M, Evaluating Chemical Effects on Mammary Gland Development: An Opportunity for Disease Prevention (in review)

Scruggs C, Schwarzman M, Wilson M, Ortolano L, The Role of Chemicals Policy in Improving Supply Chain Knowledge and Product Safety (in press at Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences)

Wilson M, Schwarzman MR, International Chemicals Policy, Health, and Human Rights, in Textbook of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 5th Edition, Ladou J and Harrison R, eds. (In press)

Macguire S, Iles A, Matus K, Mulvihill M, Schwarzman M, Wilson MP, Bringing New Meaning to Molecules by integrating green chemistry and the social sciences, in in ISSC/UNESCO, World Social Science Report 2013: Changing Global Environments, OECD Publishing and Unesco Publishing.­‐48-­‐en

Schwarzman MR and Wilson MP. Reshaping Chemicals Policy on Two Sides of the Atlantic: The Promise of Improved Sustainability through International Collaboration, in Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: The Shifting Roles of the EU, the US and California. Vogel D. and Swinnen JFM eds. Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. Northampton, MA, 2011.

Schwarzman M. Reducing Chemical Hazards in Green Jobs; Global Perspective. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-­‐201. Conference proceedings “Making Green Jobs Safe for Workers”. August, 2011.­‐201/pdfs/2011-­‐201.pdf

Schwarzman M, and Janssen S. Pathways to Breast Cancer: A Case Study for Innovation in Chemical Safety Evaluation. Regents of the University of California. July, 2010.

Chan E, JeBaily L, Chan R, Rudel R, Dairkee S, Janssen S, Schwarzman M, Zeise L, Johnson D. Chemical exposure and Breast Cancer: Indentifying Compounds of Concern. Toxicologist 114 (1) 426. 2010.

Schwarzman M and Wilson M. New Science for Chemicals Policy. Science, 326, 20 November, 2009.

Wilson M and Schwarzman M. Toward a New U.S. Chemicals Policy: Rebuilding the Foundation to Advance New Science, Green Chemistry and Environmental Health. Environmental Health Perspectives. 117 August, 2009.

Schwarzman M. Potential Toxicity of Synthetic Chemicals: What You Should Know About Endocrine-­‐Disrupting Chemicals. American Family Physician. 78(5): 565-­‐566, 2008.

Wilson M, Schwarzman M, Malloy T, Fanning E, Sinsheimer P. Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California. Regents of the University of California. January, 2008.


PH290 sec 2 (Fall, 2012 and 2013) “Greener Solutions”, an interdisciplinary 3-­‐unit project-­‐based course in which teams of graduate students work with a host organization on a topic related to the design, manufacture, use, and/or marketing of safer chemicals in products, materials or manufacturing operations. Partners to date include: Biomimicry Institute, Levi Strauss and Co., Hewlett Packard, and Cal/EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control.

PH234, (Spring, 2011 and 2013) “Green Chemistry: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability”, a 3-­‐unit inquiry-­‐based course developed and co-­‐taught with instructors from Chemistry, Natural Resources, and Business. Teaching materials available online.

PH 290 sec 007 (Spring, 2012) “Engineering and Health Impact Methods for Green Design”, a 1-­‐unit course developed and co-­‐taught with instructors in Public health and Engineering.



  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control Director Maureen Gorsen to the state's Green Ribbon Science Panel (AB 1879-Feuer, Los Angeles) (March 2009 - present)
  • University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health: Research Scientist, and Associate Director of Health and Environment, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. Translational research and teaching focusing on applying science of chemical hazards to the policy and research agenda in California and the U.S. A founding director of the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (August 2007 ‐ present)
  • University of California, San Francisco, Department of Family and Community Medicine: Associate physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine. (April 2005 ‐ present)
  • University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health: Graduate Student Researcher, Division of Environmental Health Sciences (March 2007 – August 2007)
  • University of California, San Francisco: Resident Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine (July 2000 ‐ July 2003)



Marisla Foundation, Principle Investigator, Building Green Chemistry in California (Renewed for 2013-­‐2015)

US Green Building Council, Senior Science Fellow in Materials Health (2013-­‐2014)

California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control, Principle Investigator, Development of Greener Solutions Experiential Learning Program (2012-­‐2013; renewed for 2013-­‐2014)

National Science Foundation, Co-­‐Principle Investigator, Public Ethics in Greening Chemistry, an Experiential Learning Approach (2011-­‐2013)

California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control, Principle Investigator, Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development Green Chemistry (2010-­‐2012)

Public Health Trust, Co-­‐Principle Investigator, Building the UC Berkeley Public Library of Materials: Plum (2010-­‐ 2011)

California EPA Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, Principle Investigator of subaward from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Comparative Analysis of Leachate from PET and PLA Water Bottles (2010-­‐2011)

Reach the Decision Makers, Fellow, Program on Reproductive Health & the Environment, University of California San Francisco and US EPA (2010-­‐2011)

Green Ribbon Science Panel, Appointed Member, Green Chemistry Initiative, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California EPA (2009-­‐2012; reappointed 2013)

California Breast Cancer Research Program, Principle Investigator and Co-­‐Director, Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project (2009-­‐2012; renewed for 2012-­‐2013)

UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program, Collaborator with UCLA and Cal/EPA, CA’s Toxics Information Clearinghouse: Scientific and Practical Considerations (2009-­‐2010)

European Union Center of Excellence, University of California, Berkeley grantee (2008-­‐2014)

Alumni Achievement Award, Falmouth Academy, Falmouth Massachusetts, (2010)

Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, Nominee, UCSF School of Medicine (2002)

Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence, for distinguished performance while an intern at San Francisco General Hospital & UCSF (2001)

James F. Carlin Outstanding Medical Student Educator Award, U. Mass. Medical School (1998)

Idaho Public Health Association President’s Special Award, awarded to the pilot program to increase infant immunization rates developed while a VISTA volunteer (1996)

Innovations in Medical Education Grant, Co-­‐Principle Investigator, U. Mass. Medical School (1997)

Senior Scholars Program, International research scholar, U. Mass. Medical School (1999)

International Health Travel Grants, U. Mass. Medical School, Colombia (1996), Ecuador (1998)