Patricia Quinlan

Patricia Quinlan, MPH, CIH, is an industrial hygienist in the School of Medicine at UCSF and is Deputy Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UC Berkeley. She also holds an appointment as a clinical professor of nursing at UCSF School of Nursing. Her job duties include research, teaching, clinical support work, and community service. Over the past 25 years she has been involved with a series of research projects whose purpose is to better understand the impact of work and the environment on health—specifically how various agents may affect the health of workers and members of the public. These studies have included examining the neurotoxic effects of exposures to solvents and methanol and the pulmonary effects of exposure to agents such as aerosolized pentamidine and metal fumes. Other research has included evaluating workers’ exposures for a retrospective colon cancer study, a study of gradients of health in hospital workers, and occupational exposure assessment for several population-based case-control studies of Parkinson’s disease and childhood leukemia. Her current research includes studies regarding the effects of environmental exposures on subjects with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Ms. Quinlan has been a member of the IOM Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment. Ms. Quinlan has served on several advisory committees for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including the 5155 Air Contaminants Committee and the general advisory committee and is also is a member of the board of directors of Worksafe, a health and safety advocacy organization.