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Dr. Karen Iles received both B.A. and B.Sc. degrees from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON in 1992 in the field of molecular Biology. She attended the University of Guelph, in Guelph, ON where she received her M.Sc. degree in 1994 in Nutritional Sciences. While of the University of Guleph she received her PhD. Degree in 1999 in human biology and nutrition. Dr. Iles moved to the University of Southern California where she did part of her postdoctoral training in 1999 in molecular pharmacology and toxicology. She later moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she completed her postdoctoral work in environmental health sciences in 2003. She joined the UAB faculty in 2003 as an instructor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.