Andres Cardenas, received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and biophysics, and graduate degrees in biostatistics and public health, from Oregon State University. He's currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. His research evaluates the role of environmental exposures in utero and epigenetic modifications 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 of infants. He is originally from Nicoya, Costa Rica.