Environmental Epigenetics Laboratory

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My research interests are mainly focused in the field of Environmental Epigenetics. I am particularly interested in understanding the epigenetic processes involved in determining phenotypic (and/or developmental) plasticity. Recent studies have demonstrated that in addition to genetic mechanisms, epigenetic mechanisms are involved in conferring phenotypic plasticity (e.g., social insects).  My research is aimed at exploring these mechanisms in aquatic organisms that display plasticity in response to variety of environmental cues. In addition, I am interested in investigating the role of different epigenetic mechanisms of action associated with long-term effects of exposure to stressors, especially during early development. I use a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate model systems (Zebrafish, Atlantic killifish, Daphnia spp.) and employ a number of different molecular biology methods – gene-specific to high-throughput sequencing to study epigenetic modes of action.

Overall, I strive to understand the fundamental mechanisms that provide animals the ability to cope with environmental and anthropogenic stressors.

Last updated: October 11, 2012