Dr. Vasantha Padmanabhan is professor in the Departments of pediatrics; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; and Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. Her research mainly centers on understanding the developmental origin of pubertal and adult reproductive and metabolic disorders. Her studies thus far have focused on the impact of specific endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol-A found in plastics, thermal paper, and food can linings. She is a participant in NIH’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program and has published widely in high-impact journals using both animal models and humans. She is an expert mentor to Heir Arjun Subramanian in furthering his study of the effects of plastics.