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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


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


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

Concentrations of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Paired Maternal Plasma and Human Milk in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort.
Criswell RL, Wang Y, Christensen B, Botelho JC, Calafat AM, Peterson LA, Huset CA, Karagas MR, Romano ME
Environ Sci Technol. 2023 Jan 10;57(1):463-472. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.2c05555. Epub 2022 Dec 27.
PMID: 36574487

Occurrence and Risks of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Shellfish.
Giffard NG, Gitlin SA, Rardin M, Petali JM, Chen CY, Romano ME
Curr Environ Health Rep. 2022 Dec;9(4):591-603. doi: 10.1007/s40572-022-00379-z. Epub 2022 Oct 18.
PMID: 36255596

Gestational per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances exposure and infant body mass index trajectory in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study.
Romano ME, Heggeseth BC, Gallagher LG, Botelho JC, Calafat AM, Gilbert-Diamond D, Karagas MR
Environ Res. 2022 Dec;215(Pt 3):114418. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114418. Epub 2022 Sep 23.
PMID: 36162478

Waxing activity as a potential source of exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other environmental contaminants among the US ski and snowboard community.
Crawford KA, Doherty BT, Gilbert-Diamond D, Romano ME, Claus Henn B
Environ Res. 2022 Dec;215(Pt 3):114335. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114335. Epub 2022 Sep 20.
PMID: 36150439

Exposure to melamine and its derivatives and aromatic amines among pregnant women in the United States: The ECHO Program.
Choi G, Kuiper JR, Bennett DH, Barrett ES, Bastain TM, Breton CV, Chinthakindi S, Dunlop AL, Farzan SF, Herbstman JB, Karagas MR, Marsit CJ, Meeker JD, Morello-Frosch R, O'Connor TG, Pellizzari ED, Romano ME, Sathyanarayana S, Schantz S, Schmidt RJ, Watkins DJ, Zhu H, Kannan K, Buckley JP, Woodruff TJ, program collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes
Chemosphere. 2022 Nov;307(Pt 2):135599. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.135599. Epub 2022 Aug 30.
PMID: 36055588

Association between fish oil supplements use and serum per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Onteeru M, Barnes LE, O'Connell K, Bhimani J, Du M, Romano ME, Kantor ED
Environ Res. 2022 Dec;215(Pt 1):114205. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114205. Epub 2022 Aug 30.
PMID: 36049507

Perinatal Metal and Metalloid Exposures and Offspring Cardiovascular Health Risk.
Yim G, Reynaga L, Nunez V, Howe CG, Romano ME, Chen Y, Karagas MR, Toledo-Corral C, Farzan SF
Curr Environ Health Rep. 2022 Dec;9(4):714-734. doi: 10.1007/s40572-022-00377-1. Epub 2022 Aug 18.
PMID: 35980568

Inter-method reliability of silicone exposome wristbands and urinary biomarker assays in a pregnancy cohort.
Romano ME, Gallagher L, Doherty BT, Yeum D, Lee S, Takazawa M, Anderson KA, Kannan K, Karagas MR, program collaborators for Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes
Environ Res. 2022 Nov;214(Pt 3):113981. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.113981. Epub 2022 Aug 8.
PMID: 35952739

Associations of maternal urinary arsenic concentrations during pregnancy with childhood cognitive abilities: The HOME study.
Signes-Pastor AJ, Romano ME, Jackson B, Braun JM, Yolton K, Chen A, Lanphear B, Karagas MR
Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2022 Aug;245:114009. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2022.114009. Epub 2022 Aug 7.
PMID: 35947921

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