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Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Staff

Myriam Medina-Vera

Title: Branch Chief

EPA Division: Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division

EPA Branch: Methods Development and Applications Branch

Myriam’s research interests include analytical methods development, bioavailability, biomarkers of exposure and measurement tools for community use and decision making.


  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, 1991
  • B.S., Chemistry & Mathematics (dual major), University of Puerto Rico, 1984

Professional Experience:

  • Branch Chief, USEPA, ORD, NERL-HEASD-MDAB, Research Triangle Park, NC September 2012-present
  • Acting Deputy Director, USEPA, ORD, NERL-HEASD, Research Triangle Park, NC July 2011-September 2012
  • Branch Chief, USEPA, ORD, NERL-HEASD-MDAB, Research Triangle Park, NC January 2000-June 2011
  • Chemist, USEPA, ORD, NERL-HEASD-EMMB, Research Triangle Park, NC September 1991-December 1999

Professional Societies and Affiliations:

  • American Chemical Society
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • International Society of Exposure Analysis

Select Awards and Honors:

  • Environmental Justice Award “For incorporating ORD science into community-based tools for environmental justice,” 2011
  • ORD Impact Award for ORD’s Bioavailability Research Team for ”Successfully implementing transdisciplinary research and effectively communicating the impact of ORD science within and outside EPA,” 2010
  • Bronze Metal, Lead, Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Team (R and R ORD Team) For an outstanding effort in support of the EPA Lead, Renovation, Repair, Painting Program Rule; 2009
  • USEPA, ORD Bronze Medal Honor Award for the American Healthy Homes Survey Team in recognition of the outstanding collaborationn between HUD and EPA in pursuing the first nationwide survey of additional residential hazards, 2006
  • USEPA/NERL Special Achievements Award-High Performing Team, 2006
  • USEPA/NERL Special Achievements Award-Diversity, 2006
  • USEPA-SES candidate program special account at the Institute for Individual and Organizational Excellence, 2003
  • USEPA/ORD representative liaison for the Consorcio Educativo para la Protección Ambiental (CEPA), 2001
  • USEPA/ORD Diversity Leadership Award Recipient, 2000
  • Stratmore’s Who’s Who 1996-97 Registry of Business Leaders, 1996

Select Presentations:

  • Utterback, D., Harper, S., Rogers, K., Van Emon, J.M., and Medina-Vera, M. “EPA’s Lead, Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program; Final Rule.” National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Government Collaborations in Research, Regulations, and Communications Symposium (J. Van Emon, organizer) 2009.
  • Medina-Vera, M. and Van Emon, J.M., “Women Scientists at the U.S. EPA: A Driving Force.” Invited platform presentation given at the 42nd Western Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, September 23-27, 2008, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Medina-Vera, M, Bradham, K, Harper, S, Stout, D, Egeghy, P, Van Emon, J. Methods and strategies for community-related exposure measurement collection, 17th Annual Conference of the International Society of Exposure Analysis, Durham, NC, 2007.
  • Bradham, K, Highsmith, R, Sheldon, L, Friedman, W, Pinzer, E, Harper, S, Stout, D, Vesper, S, Jones, P, Medina-Vera, M, Fortmann, R, Croghan, C, Coppedge, E, Cox, D, DeWalt, G. American Healthy Homes Survey: A National Study of Residential Related Hazards. International Conference on the Environmental Epidemiology and Exposure, September 2-6, 2006, Paris, France.
  • Medina-Vera, M.; Morgan, M.; Van Emon, J.; Lindstrom, A.; Ulrich, E.; Morgan, J. Laboratory Methods Used on the Children’s Total Exposure to Persistent Pesticides and Other Persistent Organic Pollutants (CTEPP) study, SERMACS Proceedings, 10/04
  • M. Medina-Vera, M.; Harper, S; Wright, L; Coppedge, E.; Lumpkin, S.; Ferrell, G. (USGS). Development of Chemical Methods to Characterize Exposure to EDCs in the Neuse River Basin, Proceedings EDC workshop, 01/02

Select Publications:

  • Zartarian, VG, Schultz, B, Barzyk, T, Smuts, M, Hammond, D, Medina-Vera, M, Geller, A. 2011. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) and Its Potential Used for Environmental Justice Efforts. American Journal of Public Health 101: S286-S294
  • Medina-Vera M, Van Emon J, Melnyk L, Bradham K, Harper S, Morgan J. 2010. An Overview of Measurement Method Tools Available to Communities for Conducting Exposure and Cumulative Risk Assessments. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 20, 359-370.
  • Harper, S., Rogers, K, Van Emon, J, Medina-Vera, M. 2007. Report: Lead Paint Test Kits Workshop, October 19-20, 2006 Summary Report. EPA/600/R-10/066.
  • Bradham K, Highsmith R, Sheldon L, Friedman W, Pinzer E, Ashley P, Stout D, Harper S, Vesper S, Jones P, Ashley P, Medina-Vera M, Fortmann R, Croghan C, Cox D. 2006. American Healthy Homes Survey: A National Study of Residential Related Hazards. Epidemiology, 17(6): S433-S433.
  • Jones,T, Bumgarner, J,Harper, S, Medina-Vera, M, Varns, J. Pilot Field Study to Refine the Methods for Potentially Measuring Fifteen Suspect Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in the Neuse River Basin, NC, EPA/600/x-99/018 (five volumes).

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:
Myriam Medina-Vera
Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
US EPA Office of Research and Development
109 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-5016
Email: medina-vera.myriam@epa.gov

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