Ixel is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health in the School of Medicine in Dr. Andres Cardenas’ lab. Her research has broadly focused on investigating the impact of exposures to chemical mixtures during the pre/postnatal period on maternal and infant health. She is particularly interested in understanding the co-occurring effects of pre/postnatal chemical and psychosocial stressors on fetal development, along with possible underlying mechanisms. She completed her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and MPH in Biostatistics/Epidemiology from the University of Southern California, and her BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of research, Ixel enjoys running, painting, reading, and kickboxing.