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CEHS Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, professor, Departments of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Medicine, and director, Center for Precision Environmental Health, Baylor College of Medicine, will present “Developmental Reprogramming of the Epigenome by Early Life Environmental Exposures,” as part of the UNC-CH Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Seminar Series.
Walker is a renowned molecular biologist who studies how the environment influences health and risk for disease, through research intersecting genetics, epigenetics and environmental health, combined with analyses of big omics data sets. Her investigations focus on the mechanisms by which environmental exposures early in life reprogram the epigenome of developing cells, tissues and organs to change how they function. These epigenetic alterations cause changes in gene expression that alter physiologic set-points to increase susceptibility to diseases that occur in adulthood. Studies from the Walker’s team are contributing to forging new ground in understanding how environmental exposures contribute to development of cancer, metabolic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.
This event is sponsored by the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility.
Contact Jorge Izquierdo, Jorge_Izquierdo@unc.edu, for more information.