Instructors

Our Boot Camp instructors have more than 36 years of combined experience in epigenetic studies at Columbia University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, and Harvard University

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 Environmental Precision Biosciences, his current research examines the effects of environmental exposures on epigenetics, mitochondriomics, and computational epigenomics.

Kasey Brennan, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Kasey Brennan is the Assistant Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Precision Biosciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. With a background in molecular biology and training in epidemiology, her expertise is in applying wet lab molecular techniques to large-scale epidemiology studies. She currently oversees numerous projects related to molecular epidemiology, epigenetics, mitochondriomics, and non-coding RNA.

Andres Cardenas, PhD, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School. Andres Cardenas is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. 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 aims to extend statistical methods for epigenomics and environmental mixtures.

Allan Just, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Allan C. Just is an environmental epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He trained in molecular epidemiology and received his PhD from Columbia University with additional postdoctoral training in computational epigenomics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Just’s research interests are in children’s environmental health, computational methods for epigenomics, environmental epigenomics, endocrine disrupting compounds, and air pollution modeling using satellite data. 

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