March Science Café: Can Nutrition, Stress, and Environmental Exposures Change Your DNA?

Kelly Bakulski and Dana Dolinoy of the U-M School of Public Health, and Srijan Sen of the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine

Epigenetics is the science of gene expression, and research suggests that while our experiences may not change our DNA sequence, experience and environment can and do change the shape and chemistry of our DNA. These changes can affect whether or how much a gene is expressed. Stress and trauma can also change other aspects of our biology. Join three researchers as we discuss the biological effects of past nutrition, stress, and toxicant exposures on our health and well-being. Are these changes heritable? Can diet and exercise protect our DNA?

Speakers include Kelly Bakulski and Dana Dolinoy of the U-M School of Public Health, and Srijan Sen of the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine.

This cafe is sponsored by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current research topics with experts in an informal setting. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00-7:30 p.m. Seating is limited - come early.