Epigenetics and the EnvironmentSemester Course

Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

Epigenetic modification is one of the main mechanisms underlying the phenomenon by which organisms alter gene expression and phenotypic characteristics in response to environmental conditions. This course looks at how the environment imparts its influence on developmental mechanisms to allow for these phenotypic changes through intersecting developmental biology, ecology, and evolution. Aspects related to symbiosis, teratology, and the epigenetic origin of adult diseases are also addressed. A specific focus will be placed on the aspect of epigenetic origins of diseases and potential treatments using novel approaches such as CRISPR-Cas9.

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Kristine Freude

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics and Free University, Berlin, Germany in Human Genetics (2005). Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UC Irvine, CA, USA (2005-2011) Postdoctoral Researcher (2012-2014) University Copenhagen. MSc at Robert Koch Institute and Free University, Berlin, Germany, in 2001 working with Mycobacteria.  Assistant Professor (2014-2015) University Copenhagen. Associate Professor (2015-present) University Copenhagen. With DIS since 2016.