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Mariana Cárdenas-González, MESc, PhD

Mariana Cárdenas-González is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Mariana's current research interests are motivated by her desire to decrease environmental health disparities, particularly in less favored populations. Given that exposure to environmental toxicants increases the risk of developing chronic diseases, her efforts are focused on the development and validation of new strategies for timely detection of these risk factors and easily translatable to humans. Mariana is very interested not only in scientific work, but also in the participation and generation of sustainable approaches for environmental decision-making and public health policies. Mariana obtained her bachelor's degree in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry from Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 2005. After obtaining a Master in Environmental Sciences from the same university in 2008, Mariana did an internship at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2009 at the University of Arizona. Then, in 2013, she acquired her Ph.D. from the Department of Toxicology in the Center for Research and Advanced Studies at the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV-IPN) in Mexico City. During her career Mariana has been working in a variety of projects ranging from mechanistic toxicology in in-vitro models, descriptive toxicology in in-vivo models and environmental epidemiology. With two postdoctoral fellowship grants, one from the Harvard-Mexico Foundation and the other from the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), Mariana is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Vishal S. Vaidya on developing innovative and non-invasive biomarkers for early detection of kidney injury induced by environmental toxicants. CONACyT has recognized her as part of the National System of Researchers (SNI-candidate) since September 2014. She has been a member of Society of Toxicology since 2009 and a member of Hispanic Organization of Toxicologists since 2012.

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