Biochemistry Section, Biomonitoring
The Biochemistry Section participates in the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Project (CECBP).
For the CECBP, we expect to analyze urine for metabolites of non-persistent organic contaminants, analyze blood and urine for metals of interest, and manage and track specimen receipt, distribution and long term storage. We are currently completing the purchase of new instruments. Staff training, and method selection and validation will begin soon, with the target of being prepared to participate in pilot projects in 2009-2010. Backbone instrumentation is high-resolution GC-MS, triple-quad LC-MS, and ICP-MS.
In general, we align our methods with those of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to take advantage of their many years of biomonitoring experience, and to facilitate comparison of California data with the national exposure. We hire predominantly from the Research Scientist series of the State personnel classifications. Our partner laboratory, the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory in the Department of Toxic Substances Control, is tasked with analyzing persistent organic contaminants.