Instructions for Life: How Food, Stress, and Our Genes Shape Our Health

Illustration of food, DNA, and mental health

Experts from the University of Michigan School of Public Health unpack how our genes respond to changes in our diets, stress levels, and exposure to toxins—and what these interactions mean for human health.

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In This Episode

Dana DolinoyDana Dolinoy

NSF International Chair and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Dana Dolinoy leads the Environmental Epigenetics and Nutrition Laboratory, which investigates how nutritional and environmental factors interact with epigenetic gene regulation to shape health and disease. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)/Pfizer Research Award for the article "An Expression Microarray Approach for the Identification of Metastable Epialleles in the Mouse Genome." This work was cited as a model approach that may allow for directly assessing the role of early environmental exposures in human adult disease. Learn more.

Kelly BakulskiKelly Bakulski

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Kelly Bakulski’s current research integrates and applies multiple genome-wide measures to understand disease risk. She investigates the in utero effects of environmental exposures, such as metals and one-carbon metabolites, on the newborn epigenome, transcriptome, and ultimately risk of autism spectrum disorders. In addition, she studies the interactions between multiple pollutant exposures and genetics in aging populations on the risk of cognitive decline. Learn more.

Karen PetersonKaren Peterson

Professor and Chair of the Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Karen Peterson’s research focuses on the influence of biosocial and environmental influences on child growth and maturation during sensitive developmental periods, as well as the design and evaluation of population-based interventions addressing dietary and physical activity behaviors related to obesity and chronic disease in diverse populations, including children and youth. Learn more.


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