W@TC: From Genes to You: Understanding Epigenetics
Join us for Wednesdays at the Center (W@TC) with Reshma Nargund, PhD candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment.
In this engaging talk on epigenetics, we will delve into the captivating world of genetic regulation beyond the traditional understanding of DNA. Discover how our lifestyle choices, environment, and experiences can influence gene expression, potentially shaping our health and destiny. We'll unravel the intricacies of epigenetic modifications, exploring the "switches" that can turn genes on or off. Join us on a journey to uncover the profound impact of epigenetics on our lives and gain insights into how we can harness this knowledge for a healthier and more informed future.
Nargund is passionate about studying the effects of air pollution on human health. She is interested in exploring environmental justice issues associated with the disproportionate burden of environmental pollutants in developing countries and low socioeconomic communities. For her doctoral work, she is focused on understanding the impact of air pollution exposure during pregnancy on the epigenome (gene expression) of the infant and its relationship to birth outcomes and neighborhood disadvantages. She is co-advised by Dr. Susan Murphy and Dr. William Pan from Duke University.
Light refreshments will be served.