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The Advances in Social Genomics Conference 2024

Epigenetics 1

Panel session 2: Thursday, June 6 — 10 to 11 a.m.

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Portrait of Lauren Schmitz

Lauren Schmitz

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lauren Schmitz is an assistant professor of public affairs. She uses social, genomic, and epigenomic data to study how social inequalities shape disparities in health and socioeconomic attainment.


Portrait of Erin Dunn

Erin Dunn

Purdue University

Erin C. Dunn is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist with expertise in childhood adversity, genetics, and epigenetics. Her research laboratory uses interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the social and biological factors that influence the etiology of depression among women, children, and adolescents. Her most recent work focuses on identification of sensitive periods in development, including through studies that investigate adversity-effects on DNA methylation and the role of deciduous teeth as novel biomarkers. Dr. Dunn is a Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, where she directs a new university-wide initiative focused on sociogenomics

Presentation or paper

Identifying sensitive periods for the effects of childhood adversity on DNA methylation

Sarah Laurent

University of Michigan

Sarah Laurent is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. She received her MPH in Biostatistics and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her research focuses on the impacts of neighborhood factors on health inequities across the life course. Specifically, she is interested in examining how contextual and structural factors may impact health outcomes including aging, immune function, and psychological outcomes throughout the lifespan.

Presentation or paper

Examining the association between historic redlining and epigenetic aging in adolescents: Results from the future of families and child wellbeing study

Portrait of Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Steven Shaw is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Marketing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In his research, he uses techniques from cognitive neuroscience and molecular genetics to investigate the biological underpinnings of consumer behavior. Prior to joining Wharton, he received a PhD from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 2021, a master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BSc in Animal Behavior and BSc in Genetics and Psychology, both from The University of Western Ontario.

Presentation or paper

Biological age and its value to marketing theory and practice