Rene Cortese, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor with a joint appointment at the Departments of Child Health and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health. Dr. Cortese studies epigenetics of complex diseases to detect and understand how complex diseases develop, progress, are inherited, and can be treated. Dr. Cortese received his MSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, in Buenos Aires, Argentina and earned his PhD at the University of Bonn, in Bonn, Germany. He did his Post-doctoral Fellowship in Epigenetics at the Krembil Family Epigenetics Laboratory CAMH, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Dr. Cortese held a position as Research Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and served as Director of Product Development at MDxHealth, a molecular diagnostics company focused on urology oncology and as a program manager at Seven Bridges Genomics, leading the company’s efforts to develop and implement an analytical environment tailored to circulating DNA analysis using cloud computing.