Kent L. Thornburg, Ph.D., is the M. Lowell Edwards Chair of Cardiovascular Research and Professor of Medicine in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He holds joint professorships in the Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. He directs the Center for Developmental Health in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness and co-directs the Epigenetics Consortium. Dr. Thornburg studies how women adapt to pregnancy and the roles of maternal diet and body composition in regulating fetal growth and lifelong health. He oversees clinical studies in rural Oregon and Alaska and collaborates with scientists in 5 countries. Dr. Thornburg serves regularly on advisory panels at the NIH, the American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation and serves on the scientific advisory board of the Preeclampsia Foundation. He recently served as co-chair for the strategic conference on the genetic and epigenetic underpinnings of child health in the NIH ECHO program. He is committed to community service across the state of Oregon and among Native Americans in Alaska.