Epigenetics Boot Camp Instructors

Our Boot Camp instructors have more than 60 years of combined experience in epigenetic studies at Columbia University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Tempus, Stanford University, and the University of Hawai'i.

Andrea Baccarelli, MD, MPH, PhD, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University. Andrea Baccarelli is the Dean of Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As an epigeneticist and board-certified clinical endocrinologist, Dr. Baccarelli has been a leader in the field of environmental epidemiology for over a decade. His research examines the effects of environmental exposures on epigenetics, mitochondriomics, and computational epigenomics.

Alexandra Binder, ScD, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Alexandra Binder is an Assistant Professor of Population Sciences in the Pacific Program at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center. Dr. Binder is involved in several NIH-funded projects investigating how shifts in DNA methylation may mediate the influence of exogenous hormones on pubertal predictors of breast cancer risk. Her research centers on the analysis of high-dimensional, -omic data to generate novel insight into the molecular mechanisms that shape cancer incidence.

Anne Bozack, PhD, Stanford University . Anne Bozack is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley. She received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia University with training in molecular epidemiology and environmental epigenetics. Her current research investigates associations between chronic and prenatal exposure to metals and DNA methylation.

Andres Cardenas, PhD, Stanford University. Andres Cardenas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University. His research evaluates in utero environmental exposures and epigenetic alterations and their potential role in the developmental origins of health and disease. Dr. Cardenas’ current research examines the prenatal influence of nutrients, hyperglycemia, and exposure to environmental contaminants on the epigenome.

Elena Colicino, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Elena Colicino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After receiving her PhD in Statistics, she joined Dr. Andrea Baccarelli’s lab, where she had the opportunity to increase her training in environmental epigenetics and epidemiology. Her current research at Mt. Sinai aims to extend statistical methods for epigenomics and environmental mixtures.

Jonathan Heiss, PhD,  Bioinformatics Data Scientist - GRAIL. Jonathan Heiss worked as a bioinformatician at Tempus. Past employments include the German Cancer Research Center, where he searched for biomarkers for early detection of colorectal cancer, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he conducted epigenome-wide association studies.

Allison Kupsco, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Allison Kupsco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her PhD in Environmental Toxicology focused on mechanisms of toxicity in model organisms, including wet lab training in molecular biology and DNA methylation. Her current research evaluates the effects of the prenatal environment on a range of epigenetic markers in relation to child health.

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