UND To Feature Experts, Research On Epigenetics At A Symposium Thursday

The University of North Dakota will play host to the first Epigenetics and Epigenomics Symposium ever to be held at the University.

The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. A reception will follow.

This event will bring together experts from fields such as dynamics of chromatin structure and function, epigenetics and gene expression, genomics, computational biology and human health.

In biology, and specifically genetics, epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression or cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Epigenomics refers to the study of global epigenetics, changes across many genes in a cell or entire organism. In recent years, new technologies, such as “next-generation sequencing,” have revolutionized science, from human disease research to agricultural studies.

Two keynote speakers also have been scheduled: Michael Kladde, from the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, and Beth Sullivan, from Duke University Genome Sciences and Policy Institute. In addition, scientists from North and South Dakota who will be presenting research related to epigenetics.

Students also will have an opportunity to present posters based on their research in the fields of epigenetics and epigenomics.

This event aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers in the Dakotas and beyond, and to provide opportunities for learning about important new tools, approaches and resources to advance epigenetics as it applies to human disease and development.

Archana Dhasarathy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology