Kelsi Perttula, PhD, MS Faculty Profile

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Kelsi  Perttula, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

Department of Public Health

Professor Perttula began as a lecturer at CSUEB and has been with the  CSUEB Health Sciences/Public Health Department since Spring 2020. She has also lectured chemistry in CSUEB's Chemistry Department. She thoroughly enjoys teaching the diverse and vibrant student community at CSUEB. She has lived in the Bay Area all of her adult life. After college, she worked 10 years as a forensic scientist, mostly for San Mateo County, but pivoted to a career in academia and public health after starting a family. In her spare time, she plots ways to make her kids eat more vegetables. 

Professor Perttula's research has focused on environmental exposure assessment, environmental toxicology, and molecular epidemiology. Her projects have centered on case-control samples from prospective cohorts that are extracted for lipophilic compounds and analyzed with high-resolution LCMS.  She applies data-adaptive biostatistical methods to the resulting metabolomic data to discover environmental factors of disease.  


  • PhD: Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley
  • MS: Chemistry, San Jose State University
  • BS: Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Fall Semester 2022
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
PH 10002Health Sciences SeminarMW3:30PM4:45PMMI-3115Hayward Campus
PH 30003Environmental HealthMW2:00PM3:15PMSC-S143Hayward Campus
PH 3301AEpidemiologyM10:00AM11:40AMMI-3115Hayward Campus
PH 3301BEpidemiologyM12:00PM1:40PMMI-3115Hayward Campus

Petrick, L; Imani, P; Perttula, K; Yano, Y; Whitehead, T; Metayer, C; Rappaport, S. Untargeted
metabolomics of newborn dried blood spots reveals sex-specific associations with pediatric acute
myeloid leukemia. Leukemia Research, 106585, 2021.

Schiffman, C; Petrick, L; Perttula, Kelsi; Yano, Y; Carlsson, H; Whitehead, T; Metayer, C;
Hayes, J; Edmands, WMB; Rappaport, S; Dudoit, S; Filtering procedures for untargeted LC-MS
metabolomics data, BMC Bioinformatics, 20 (1), 2019.

Petrick, L; Schiffman, C; Edmands, WMB; Yano, Y; Perttula, K; Whitehead, T; Metayer, C;
Wheelock, CE; Arora, M; Grigoryan, H; Carlsson, H; Dudoit, S; Rappaport, SM, Metabolomics of
neonatal blood spots reveal distinct phenotypes of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia and
potential effects of early-life nutrition, Cancer Letters, 452, 2019.

Perttula, K; Schiffman, C; Edmands, WMB; Petrick, L; Grigoryan, H; Cai, X; Gunter, MJ;
Naccarati, A; Polidoro, S; Dudoit, S; Rappaport, S; Untargeted lipidomic features associated with
colorectal cancer in a prospective cohort, BMC cancer, 18 (1), 2018.

Petrick, L; Edmands, WMB; Schiffman, C; Grigoryan, H; Perttula, K; Yano, Y; Dudoit, S;
Whitehead, T; Metayer, C; Rappaport, S; An untargeted metabolomics method for archived
newborn dried blood spots in epidemiologic studies, Metabolomics, 13 (3), 27, 2017.

Perttula, K; Edmands, WMB; Grigoryan, H; Cai, X; Iavarone, AT; Gunter, MJ; Naccarati, A;
Polidoro, S; Hubbard, A; Vineis, P; Evaluating ultra-long-chain fatty acids as biomarkers of
colorectal cancer risk, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Biomarkers, 25 (8) 2016.