• 2003 – Doctorate of Science in Epidemiology, INSP.
  • 1994 – Master in Statistics, IIMAS, UNAM.
  • 1992 – Specialization in Applied Statistics, IIMAS, UNAM.
  • 1989 – Bachelor in Mathematics, UNAM.

Academic appointments:

  • Researcher in Medical Sciences F, CINYS, National Institute of Public Health.
  • National System of Researchers, Level III.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment.
  • Researcher affiliated with CISIDAT.

Research interests: 

  • Long-term effects of joint exposure to environmental toxins, social stressors, and nutritional conditions during pregnancy and infancy.
  • Generation of evidence for the design and implementation of a policy to prevent and control lead exposure in Mexico in vulnerable populations.

Featured projects:

  • Responsible researcher for the ELEMENT (Early Live Exposure in Mexico to Environmental Toxicants) cohort study in Mexico (2002-present).
  • Researcher responsible in Mexico for the PROGRESS cohort study (The Programming Research in Obesity, Growth, Environment and Social Stressors) (2007-present).
  • Researcher responsible in Mexico for the following projects in the ELEMENT cohort:
    • E3Gen: Multigenerational Effects of Environmental Toxic Exposures on the Life Course and Neurocognitive Outcomes in ELEMENT Birth Cohorts (2019-2023).
    • Metabolic Health Risk among Mid-Life Women: The Roles of Toxicants, Inflammation, and Epigenetics.
  • Researcher responsible in Mexico for the following projects in the PROGRESS cohort:
    • Interaction between chemicals and stress and its effect on the neurobehavior of school children in Mexico City.
    • Early life exposure to metal mixtures and neuroimaging of internalizing behaviors in childhood o Novel Biomarker to Identify Critical Windows of Susceptibility to Metal Mixtures.
    • Air Particulate Pollution and Stress: Effects and Mechanisms for Long-term maternal Obesity Risks.


  • Téllez-Rojo MM, Bautista-Arredondo LF, Trejo Valdivia B, Cantoral-Preciado A, Estrada-Sánchez D, Kraiem R, et al. Concentración de plomo en sangre y uso de barro vidriado en población infantil (ENSANUT 100k): Primer reporte nacional de un problema no resuelto. Salud Publica Mex, 2019 (En prensa).
  • Perng W, Tamayo-Ortiz M, Tang L, Sánchez BN, Cantoral A, Meeker JD, Dolinoy DC, Roberts EF, Martinez-Mier EA, Lamadrid H, Song PXK, Ettinger AS, Wright R, Arora M, Schnaas L, Watkins DJ, Goodrich JM, Garcia RC, Solano M, Bautista-Arredondo LF, Mercado A, Hu H, Hernandez M, Tellez-Rojo MM, Peterson KE. Early Life Exposure in Mexico to ENvironmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) Project. BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 26;9(8):e030427
  • Kupsco A, Kioumourtzoglou MA, Just AC, Amarasiriwardena C, Estrada-Gutierrez G, Cantoral A, Sanders AP, Braun JM, Svensson K, Brennan KJM, Oken E, Wright RO, Baccarelli AA,Téllez-Rojo MM. Prenatal Metal Concentrations and Childhood Cardiometabolic Risk Using Bayesian Kernel Machine Regression to Assess Mixture and Interaction Effects. Epidemiology. 2019 Mar;30(2):263-273
  • Jansen EC, Dunietz GL, Dababneh A, Peterson KE, Chervin RD, Baek J, O’Brien L, Song PXK, Cantoral A, Hu H, Téllez-Rojo MM. Cumulative Childhood Lead Levels in Relation to Sleep During Adolescence. J Clin Sleep Med. 2019 Oct 15;15(10):1443-1449
  • Perng W, Tang L, Song PXK, Tellez-Rojo MM, Cantoral A, Peterson KE. Metabolomic profiles and development of metabolic risk during the pubertal transition: a prospective study in the ELEMENT Project. Pediatr Res. 2019 Feb;85(3):262-268.
  • Cantoral A, Luna-Villa LC, Mantilla-Rodriguez AA, Mercado A, Lippert F, Liu Y, Peterson KE, Hu H, Téllez-Rojo MM, Martinez-Mier EA. Fluoride Content in Foods and Beverages From Mexico City Markets and Supermarkets. Food Nutr Bull. 2019 Jul 25:379572119858486.
  • Wu Y, Jansen EC, Peterson KE, Foxman B, Goodrich JM, Hu H, Solano-González M, Cantoral A, Téllez-Rojo MM, Martinez-Mier EA. The associations between lead exposure at multiple sensitive life periods and dental caries risks in permanent teeth. Sci Total Environ. 2019 Mar 1;654:1048-1055.
  • Xu J, Hu H, Wright R, Schnaas L, Bellinger DC, Park SK, Wright RO, Téllez-Rojo MM. Prenatal lead exposure modifies the association of maternal self-esteem with child adaptive ability. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2019 Jan;222(1):68-75.
  • Cantoral A, Contreras-Manzano A, Luna-Villa L, Batis C, Roldán-Valadez EA, Ettinger AS, Mercado A, Peterson KE, Téllez-Rojo MM, Rivera JA. Dietary Sources of Fructose and Its Association with Fatty Liver in Mexican Young Adults. Nutrients. 2019 Feb 28;11(3). pii: E522.
  • Pantic I, Tamayo-Ortiz M, Rosa-Parra A, Bautista-Arredondo L, Wright RO, Peterson KE, Schnaas L, Rothenberg SJ, Hu H, Téllez-Rojo MM. Children’s Blood Lead Concentrations from 1988 to 2015 in Mexico City: The Contribution of Lead in Air and Traditional Lead-Glazed Ceramics. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Sep 30;15(10). pii: E2153