Maria Tellez-Plaza MD PhD is Associate Scientist at the Institute for Biomedical Research Hospital Clinic de Valencia (INCLIVA) under the Miguel Servet program, which recognizes top junior group leaders in Spain. She is adjunct Honorary Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Dra. Tellez-Plaza graduated from the University of Valencia (2002) and completed a residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health (Hospital Dr. Peset, Valencia 2006). She holds two PhD, one in Public Health and Methodology of Biomedical Research (Autonomous University of Barcelona 2010), and another in Epidemiology (Johns Hopkins University 2011). She obtained postgraduate training at the Spanish National Centers for Epidemiology (2006) and Cardiovascular Research (2007-2012) at the Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid.
Her research focuses on evaluating the exposure to environmental metals and polymorphisms in candidate genes as determinants of the epigenome and the cardiovascular health in population-based studies. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles (h-index 18 with and accumulated impact factor >200 and more than 1000 citations).
Her research has been recognized by several awards, including the 2009 Louis I. and Thomas D. Dublin Award for the Advancement of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the 2012 Best of American Heart Association Specialty Conference at Scientific Sessions, and the 2017 AstraZeneca Award for Young Researchers. She currently serves as a member of the reserve list at the European Expert Panel for the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks, and represents Spain as a Management Committee member of the COST Action “Epigenetic Chemical Biology - CM1406”.