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Megan E Romano, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology


University of Washington, PhD 2013
Boston University, MPH 2007
Allegheny College, BS 2004


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Contact Information

Office: Williamson 758
Phone: 603-646-5495
Email: Megan.E.Romano@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests

Dr. Romano's research explores the influence of exposure to environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) during the sensitive windows of pregnancy and gestation on pregnancy complications, maternal and infant hormones, breastfeeding, infant feeding behaviors, and early life growth. Her research is primarily focused on the effects of EDCs commonly found in consumer products in the United States, including bisphenol A, phthalates, perfluoroalkyl substances, parabens, and flame retardants. Dr. Romano also works with local and regional stakeholders to address community concerns related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination in New England.

Grant Information

R21 ES032187, NIEHS: Chen & Romano (multi-PI)
P20 GM104416, NIGMS: Karagas (PI) ; Role: Project Leader
Project 2018-2539, NIH/NIEHS (CHEAR/HHEAR): Romano(PI)

Courses Taught

QBS 131/BIOL 073 Foundations of Epidemiology II: Theory and Methods

Selected Publications


Pancreatic acinar metaplasia at the gastroesophageal junction is associated with protective effect against intestinal metaplasia in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Andersen M Jr, Ren B, Romano ME, Schutz SN, Rothstein RI, Suriawinata AA, Liu X, Lisovsky M
Hum Pathol. 2023 Sep;139:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.humpath.2023.06.009. Epub 2023 Jun 24.
PMID: 37364824

Plasma concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in pregnancy and breastfeeding duration in Project Viva.
Rokoff LB, Wallenborn JT, Harris MH, Rifas-Shiman SL, Criswell R, Romano ME, Young JG, Calafat AM, Oken E, Sagiv SK, Fleisch AF
Sci Total Environ. 2023 Sep 15;891:164724. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.164724. Epub 2023 Jun 7.
PMID: 37290653

Associations of Gestational Perfluoroalkyl Substances Exposure with Early Childhood BMI z-Scores and Risk of Overweight/Obesity: Results from the ECHO Cohorts.
Liu Y, Wosu AC, Fleisch AF, Dunlop AL, Starling AP, Ferrara A, Dabelea D, Oken E, Buckley JP, Chatzi L, Karagas MR, Romano ME, Schantz S, O'Connor TG, Woodruff TJ, Zhu Y, Hamra GB, Braun JM, the program collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes
Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Jun;131(6):67001. doi: 10.1289/EHP11545. Epub 2023 Jun 7.
PMID: 37283528

Predictors of Breastfeeding Duration in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study.
Crawford KA, Gallagher LG, Baker ER, Karagas MR, Romano ME
Matern Child Health J. 2023 Aug;27(8):1434-1443. doi: 10.1007/s10995-023-03714-4. Epub 2023 Jun 3.
PMID: 37269393

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Mixture during Pregnancy and Postpartum Weight Retention in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study (NHBCS).
Wang Y, Howe C, Gallagher LG, Botelho JC, Calafat AM, Karagas MR, Romano ME
Toxics. 2023 May 10;11(5) doi: 10.3390/toxics11050450. Epub 2023 May 10.
PMID: 37235264

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Breastfeeding as a Vulnerable Function: A Systematic Review of Epidemiological Studies.
Timmermann A, Avenbuan ON, Romano ME, Braun JM, Tolstrup JS, Vandenberg LN, Fenton SE
Toxics. 2023 Mar 29;11(4) doi: 10.3390/toxics11040325. Epub 2023 Mar 29.
PMID: 37112552

Metals and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances mixtures and birth outcomes in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study: Beyond single-class mixture approaches.
Yim G, McGee G, Gallagher L, Baker E, Jackson BP, Calafat AM, Botelho JC, Gilbert-Diamond D, Karagas MR, Romano ME, Howe CG
Chemosphere. 2023 Jul;329:138644. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2023.138644. Epub 2023 Apr 7.
PMID: 37031836

Birth Outcomes in Relation to Prenatal Exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Stress in the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program.
Padula AM, Ning X, Bakre S, Barrett ES, Bastain T, Bennett DH, Bloom MS, Breton CV, Dunlop AL, Eick SM, Ferrara A, Fleisch A, Geiger S, Goin DE, Kannan K, Karagas MR, Korrick S, Meeker JD, Morello-Frosch R, O'Connor TG, Oken E, Robinson M, Romano ME, Schantz SL, Schmidt RJ, Starling AP, Zhu Y, Hamra GB, Woodruff TJ, program collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes
Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Mar;131(3):37006. doi: 10.1289/EHP10723. Epub 2023 Mar 15.
PMID: 36920051

Early-life exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and infant gut microbial composition.
Laue HE, Moroishi Y, Palys TJ, Christensen BC, Criswell RL, Peterson LA, Huset CA, Baker ER, Karagas MR, Madan JC, Romano ME
Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Feb;7(1):e238. doi: 10.1097/EE9.0000000000000238. Epub 2022 Dec 14.
PMID: 36777525

Characterizing changes in behaviors associated with chemical exposures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Herbstman JB, Romano ME, Li X, Jacobson LP, Margolis AE, Hamra GB, Bennett DH, Braun JM, Buckley JP, Colburn T, Deoni S, Hoepner LA, Morello-Frosch R, Riley KW, Sathyanarayana S, Schantz SL, Trasande L, Woodruff TJ, Perera FP, Karagas MR, program collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes
PLoS One. 2023;18(1):e0277679. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0277679. Epub 2023 Jan 13.
PMID: 36638141

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