José Peñalvo
Adjunct Assistant Professor

José has been trained as an epidemiologist at the University of Helsinki School of Medicine (Finland) and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD). In 2008 he joined the Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (Madrid, Spain) to work on the assembly and data analysis of two large cohorts aimed at identifying lifestyle-related determinants of subclinical atherosclerosis, as well as on the evaluation of community-based interventions on behavior modification. José joined the Friedman School in 2014 and currently works on the analysis of the impact of global dietary policies on the burden of cardiovascular disease. He has a strong background in clinical research and epidemiology methods, including the design, and outcome and impact evaluation of primary prevention strategies. He is particularly interested in the overall effect of lifestyle on cardiovascular health promotion and has worked on this topic from different perspectives, starting from basic biomedical research to currently working at applying epidemiological methods and advanced statistics to large datasets.


  • M.S., 2007, Clinical Research, University of Alcalá (Spain)
  • Ph.D., 2002, Nutrition, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
  • Pharm.D., 1996, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
  • B.Sc., 1996, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)