Seeking a volunteer(s) for epigenetic studies to understand how differences among genes and environments aid to identify biomarkers of effects and ultimately control and prevent disease. Current research includes tobacco use, air pollution, diet, obesity, and various cancers. Students will be summarizing literature relevant to the projects listed below. Genomics and clinical data sets are available to be analyzed with required statistical skill sets.
Interested students should send (1) a brief letter explaining their educational background and interest in working on research topics listed below, (2) a CV
Major research interests of Dr. Song group:
1. Biomarkers Of Effects For Tobacco Use Omics-based biomarkers of effects, particularly epigenetics, genetics, and inflammation for various tobacco products, particularly electronic cigarettes. Develop non-invasive biomarkers, reflecting the lung
2. DNA Methylation In Obesity Genome-wide and targeted DNA methylation in relation to obesity blood biomarkers and body composition to provide biological insights regarding epigenetic predisposition
3. Air Pollution, DNA Methylation, Obesity, and Aging Relationships between individuals’ genetic and especially epigenetically makeup, air pollution, social-environmental experiences, and epigenetic aging acceleration to determine the foundations and boundaries for an epigenetics-environmental gap in obesity
4. DNA Methylation In Hepatocellular Carcinoma Epigenetic differences among ethnic groups related to preventable liver cancer using tissues and paired plasma samples as liquid biopsies (circulating DNA methylation)