Andres Cardenas

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
School of Public Health
Phone
(510) 643-0965
Research Expertise and Interest
children's environmental health, epigenetics, environmental epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, environmental health
Research Description

Dr. Cardenas applies epidemiological and molecular approaches to evaluate the contribution of environmental exposures in the development of disease. He is currently investigating the prenatal influence of exposure to multiple metals, air pollution, endocrine disrupting compounds, diet and maternal medication use on the epigenome of newborns and children. His current research evaluates the role of environmental exposures in utero, epigenetic modifications, and their role in the developmental origins of health and disease.

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August 12, 2019
Lisa Rapaport
Chemicals in all kinds of consumer products are associated with increased risk for diabetes, according to a new Berkeley study, but much of the risk can be lowered by healthy diet and exercise habits, the researchers report. "Our results indicate that some PFAS [polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances] contribute to diabetes development and (diabetes complications)," says assistant public health and environmental health sciences professor Andres Cardenas, the study's lead author. "However, an initial intervention of exercise and diet attenuated the association with diabetes. ... Exercise and a balanced diet confer ample benefits; our results indicate that another benefit could be the attenuation of adverse metabolic effects from PFAS exposure."
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