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.

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Kristine Freude

DIS Copenhagen Faculty

MSc at Robert Koch Institute and Free University, Berlin, Germany, in 2001 working with Mycobacteria. 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) Pancreas development and human neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. Postdoctoral Researcher (2012-2014) University Copenhagen working with iPSC and stem cell models for neurodegenerative diseases. Assistant Professor (2014-2015); Associate Professor (2015-present) University Copenhagen, Stem cell models for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.