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Dr Anna Callan

Dr Anna Callan

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2349, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.541
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2349  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.541  


Anna is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science within the School of Medical Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • Course Coordinator Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
  • Senior Lecturer and Unit Coordinator for SCH2232 Medical Biochemistry
  • Unit Coordinator for SCH1105 Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Unit Coordinator for SCH3236 Pharmacology
  • Unit Coordinator for SCH3239 Human Immunology


  • 2015-present: Senior Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2014-present: Course Coordinator Biomedical Science
  • 2012-2015: Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2009-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008-2009: Research Officer, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
  • 2006-2007: Postdoctoral Research Associate Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester

Professional Memberships

  • Pacific Basic Consortium for Environment and Health

Research Areas and Interests

Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants and Associated Health Effects

  • Exposure of susceptible groups, such as children, to persistent toxic substances and the resulting effects of exposure
  • Assessment of the contribution of dietary exposure to persistent toxic substances to an individual’s total level of exposure.
  • Monitoring the biological effects of persistent toxic substance exposure as determined by the measurement of biomarkers of disease, oxidative damage and DNA modifications

I obtained my PhD in Biochemistry/Cell Biology however the focus of my research has changed and I am now involved in a number of projects relating to environmental exposures and their health effects. I have been involved in a number of research projects which include investigating the exposure of pregnant women to a range of environmental contaminants (metals, pesticides, persistent organic compounds and Bisphenol A) and children’s exposure to metals, emerging pollutants and particulate matter. Recently I have been working on a study examining exposure to metals in women aged 50 and above, and the effects o exposure on their bone density and kidney function.

My background in biological sciences means that I am keen to explore ways of investigating not just personal exposure to environmental contaminants, but also the health effects of exposure and the biological mechanisms underlying those effects. I am particularly interested in environmental contaminants relating to health outcomes in susceptible population groups such as young children and the elderly. The effect of pre-natal exposure to environmental contaminants on pregnancy and birth outcomes is also an area of considerable interest to me. In addition I am keen to explore the contribution of dietary exposure of metals and pollutants to an individual’s total exposure.

  • Environment exposure
  • Biological effects of exposure to environmental contaminants
  • Contribution of diet to exposure to metals and other contaminants


  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 2006.
  • Master, England, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Science, England, 2001.


Recent Research Grants

  • Developing a strategic research alliance with a leading international institution to increase research capability at ECU ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Capability Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $2,200.
  • Regular fat versus low fat dairy consumption: a pilot study of adiposity and cardiometabolic outcomes in young children,  Telethon Kids Institute,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $20,179.
  • Exposure to emerging pollutants in infertile women,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 2),  2014 - 2016,  $57,159.
  • Particulates, Metals and Human Exposure,  Telethon Kids Institute,  Grant,  2009 - 2012,  $38,885.
  • Metals exposure and musculoskeletal and renal health in peri-menopausal Australian women,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $24,672.
  • Children's exposure to PM10 and Metals in Perth,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $101,242.
  • Children's dietary exposure to metals and the relationship between dietary intake and biological measures of exposure,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $24,690.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Coall, D., Callan, A., Dickins, TE., Chisholm, JS., (2015), Evolution and Prenatal Development: An Evolutionary Perspective. Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science, 3(23), 57-105, Hoboken, USA.

Journal Articles

  • Callan, A., Devine, A., Qi, L., Ng, J., Hinwood, A., (2015), Investigation of the relationship between low environmental exposure to metals and bone mineral density, bone resorption and renal function. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 218(5), 444-451, Muenchen, Germany, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2015.03.010.
  • Hinwood, A., Stasinska, A., Callan, A., Heyworth, J., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2015), Maternal exposure to alkali, alkali earth, transition and other metals: Concentrations and predictors of exposure. Environmental Pollution, 204(2015), 256-263, Oxford, UK, DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.04.024.
  • Hinwood, A., Callan, A., Heyworth, J., Rogic, D., De Araujo, J., Crough, R., Mamahit, G., Piro, N., Yates, A., Stevenson, G., Odland, J., (2014), Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) and dioxin concentrations in residential dust of pregnant women. Environmental Science Processes and Impacts, 16(12), 2758-2763 , DOI: 10.1039/c4em00383g.
  • Stasinska, A., Heyworth, J., Reid, A., Callan, A., Odland, JO., Duong, PT., Ho, QV., Hinwood, A., (2014), Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) concentrations in plasma of pregnant women from Western Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 493(2014), 554-561, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.001.
  • Hinwood, A., Callan, A., Heyworth, J., McCafferty, P., Sly, P., (2014), Children?s personal exposure to PM10 and associated metals in urban, rural and mining activity areas. Chemosphere, 108(2014), 125-133, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.02.071.
  • Callan, A., Hinwood, A., Devine, A., (2014), Metals in commonly eaten groceries in Western Australia ? a market basket survey and dietary assessment. Food Additives and Contaminants Part A: Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment, 31(12), 1968-1981, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/19440049.2014.973457.
  • Hinwood, A., Callan, A., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., Heyworth, J., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2013), Cadmium, lead and mercury exposure in non smoking pregnant women. Environmental Research, 126( October 2013), 118-124.
  • Ndilila, W., Callan, A., McGregor, L., Kalin, R., Hinwood, A., (2013), Environmental and toenail metals concentrations in copper mining and non mining communities in Zambia. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health , 217(1), 62-69, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2013.03.011.
  • Reid, A., Callan, A., Stasinska, A., Heyworth, J., Phi, DT., Odland, J., Hinwood, A., (2013), Maternal Exposure to Organochlorine Pesticides in Western Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 449( 1 April 2013), 208-213, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.01.067..
  • Stasinska, A., Reid, A., Hinwood, A., Stevenson, G., Callan, A., Odland, J., Heyworth, J., (2013), Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in residential dust samples from Western Australia. Chemosphere, 91(2), 187-193, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.12.044..
  • Callan, A., Hinwood, A., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., Heyworth, J., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2013), Maternal Exposure to Metals ? Concentrations and Predictors of Exposure. Environmental Research, 126( October 2013), 111-117, DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2013.07.004.
  • Callan, A., Hinwood, A., Heffernan, A., Eaglesham, G., Mueller, J., Odland, J., (2012), Urinary bisphenol A concentrations in pregnant women. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 216(6), 641-644, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2012.10.002.
  • Lazenby, V., Hinwood, A., Callan, A., Franklin, P., (2012), Formaldehyde Personal Exposure Measurements and Time Weighted Exposure Estimates in Children. Chemosphere, 88(8), 966-973, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.03.029.
  • McQueen, HL., Callan, A., Hinwood, A., (2012), Estimating Maternal and Prenatal Exposure to Glyphosate in the Community Setting. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 215(6), 570-576, Germany, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2011.12.002.
  • McKibbin, C., Mares, A., Piacenti, M., Williams, H., Roboti, P., Puumalainen, M., Callan, A., Lesiak-Mieczkowska, K., Linder, S., Harant, H., High, S., Flitsch, S., Whitehead, R., Swanton, E., (2012), Inhibition of protein translocation at the endoplasmic reticulum promotes activation of the unfolded protein response. Biochemical Journal, 442(3), 639-648, DOI: doi:10.1042/BJ20111220.
  • Callan, A., Hinwood, A., (2011), Exposures to lead. Reviews on Environmental Health, 26(1), 13-15, DOI: 10.1515/REVEH.2011.003.
  • Callan, A., Winters, M., Barton, C., Boyce, M., Hinwood, A., (2011), Children's Exposure to Metals: A Community-Initiated Study. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 62(4), 714-722, DOI: 10.1007/s00244-011-9727-2.
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