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The Advances in Social Genomics Conference 2024

Epigenetics 2

Panel session 8: Friday, June 7 — 1 to 2 p.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 Agus Surachman

Agus Surachman

Drexel University

Agus Surachman is a developmental and health disparities scholar interested in understanding the role of socioeconomic status, minoritized identities, and psychosocial stress on accelerated biological aging, especially in the context of cancer and cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic syndrome.

Presentation or paper

Epigenetic aging moderates the association between lower socioeconomic status and faster declines in kidney function across a decade

Portrait of Lauren Opsasnick Rogers

Lauren Opsasnick Rogers

University of Michigan

Lauren Opsasnick Rogers is a fourth-year PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan working with Dr. Jennifer Smith. Her specific area of research involves genetic epidemiology, with a strong focus on understanding how social and environmental factors influence genomic activity. Lauren’s dissertation investigates the epigenetic biomarkers of long-term psychosocial stress and their influence on cardiometabolic risk in older adults, using data from the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study.

Presentation or paper

Epigenome-wide mediation analysis of the relationship between psychosocial stress and cardiometabolic risk factors in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)

Portrait of Aarti Bhat

Aarti Bhat

The Pennsylvania State University

Aarti is a PhD candidate in Human Development and Family Studies & Demography at The Pennsylvania State University, with a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on recessionary hardships, particularly post-recession housing insecurity, among midlife and older adults; how stress around such events can contribute to biological and epigenetic changes among aging adults; and the biopsychosocial pathways by which recession stress is connected to physiological and epigenetic outcomes, including allostatic load, epigenetic aging, and gene expression. Aarti is mentored by Dr. David Almeida, and works extensively with the Midlife in the United States study to assess these research questions.

Presentation or paper

The great recession and epigenetic aging among midlife and older adults