Epigenetics Boot Camp Instructors

Our Boot Camp instructors have more than 50 years of combined experience in epigenetic studies at Columbia University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, and University of California Berkeley

Andrea Baccarelli, MD, MPH, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Andrea Baccarelli is the Leon Hess Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman 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. As Director of the Laboratory of Precision Environmental Health, his current research examines the effects of environmental exposures on epigenetics, mitochondriomics, and computational epigenomics.

Andres Cardenas, PhD, University of California Berkeley. Andres Cardenas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley. 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, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Jonathan Heiss is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A bioinformatician by training, he worked at the German Cancer Research Center searching for biomarkers for the early detection of colorectal cancer. His research interests are in computational methods for epigenomics and biomarker discovery and evaluation.

Allison Kupsco, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Allison Kupsco is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist with Dr. Andrea Baccarelli 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. Dr. Kupsco came to Columbia to gain experience in epigenetic epidemiology. 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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