The epigenome as molecular fossil record of environmental exposures

November 8, 2013 1:00 pm
November 8, 2013 2:00 pm
Burdine Hall (BUR) 134

Carmen Sapienza, Ph.D., professor with the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, will present a talk titled “The Epigenome as Molecular Fossil Record of Environmental Exposures” as part of the on-going speaker series in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Dr. Sapienza’s  research program is working to determine the relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors, including aging, to epigenetic variation in the human population and the role of this variation in human phenotypic diversity.

Because most common human diseases are thought to result from both heritable and environmental factors and their interaction, the laboratory seeks to determine whether environmental factors interact with an individual’s genome by altering epigenetic marks.

The Nutritional Sciences speaker series is open to the public and all are invited to attend.