Research Webinar Series: The early-life environment; epigenetic insights into health and disease

April 21, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Webinar (Please email if you wish to register)

Presented by

Andres Cardenas, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor in Residence
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
Graduate Program in Computational Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Talk Summary

Recent developments of molecular and genomic tools have allowed us to test complex hypotheses providing crucial insight on the relationship between the early-life environment and human health. In this seminar, I will present data from epidemiological cohorts to illustrate the relationship between prenatal and early-life environmental exposures on the epigenome of infants and their contribution to the developmental origins of health and disease. This research illustrates how high dimensional epigenetic data is leveraged to construct biomarkers of aging, biosensors, and risk prediction biomarkers. These studies will highlight the emerging key role of epigenetics for children's health and development.

About the Speaker

Andres Cardenas is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences and faculty member in the Center for Computational Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He received an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry & Biophysics, a master’s degree in Biostatistics and a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in Environmental Epigenetics and Epidemiology. His research examines the impact of the environment on molecular and epigenetic biomarkers and the extent to which these alterations contribute to disease risk throughout the life course.

Hosted By

Michael Goran, PhD
Program Director for Diabetes and Obesity at The Saban Research Institute
Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

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