- This talk is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern Meetup and is part of our Young Researchers series.
- Dinner starts at 7:00 pm.
- The evening's presentation begins around 7:45.
- Seating is on a first-come basis.
- The capacity of the room is 120.
- We expect a turnout of around 60% of day-of RSVPs.
- Refer to our Open Seating Policy for details.
- There is a $3 contribution requested from non-students.
Epigenetics and Behavior: How experience can alter gene expression
Dora Guzman, Graduate Student
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Genes are the molecular structures that serve as the basic blueprint in the production of proteins, which are the active biological molecules with diverse actions in cells. Mutations are permanent changes in the molecular sequence of a gene that may significantly alter the structure of the produced protein, possibly leading to changes in the protein’s function. Scientists have recently discovered a process, called epigenetics, that can modify gene expression but does not alter the genetic sequence itself. It turns out that some epigenetic modifications can even be transferred to subsequent generations.
This presentation will focus on the emerging field of epigenetics, concentrating on recent findings in behavioral neuroscience. We may inherit more than just our genes from our parents.
Dora Guzman (M.S.) is currently a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Emory University. She is interested in behavioral neuroendocrinology and plans to study the long term impacts of early life stress.