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The Advances in Social Genomics Conference 2024

GxE applications

Panel session 4: Thursday, June 6 — 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

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Portrait of James Li

James Li

University of Wisconsin–Madison

James Li is clinical psychological scientist with expertise in developmental psychopathology, quantitative methods, and statistical genetics. He received a BA in psychological and brain sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA. Li’s research bridges clinical and diversity science, quantitative psychology, genomics, neuroscience, and developmental psychopathology to study the causes of neurodevelopmental and externalizing conditions, features, and behaviors, including ADHD, autism, conduct, and substance use.


Portrait of Sally Kuo

Sally Kuo

Rutgers University

Dr. Sally I-Chun Kuo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University. She is a faculty member in the Genes, Environment, and Neurodevelopment in Addictions (GENA) research program in the Center of Psychiatric Health and Genomics. Dr. Kuo’s primary areas of research are on how risk and protective factors across multiple levels (genes, environments) accumulate across the lifespan and gene-environment interplay in the development of alcohol and other substance use disorders and related challenges.

Presentation or paper

The influence of spousal genotype on alcohol problems in marriage 

Portrait of Silvia Barcellos

Silvia Barcellos

University of Southern California

Silvia Helena Barcellos is an Associate Professor (Research) at the Center for Economic and Social Research and Department of Economics at the University of Southern California. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER and an International Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Dr. Barcellos is a health economist, and her work aims to understand the interplay between socio-economic status (SES) and health across the lifespan, with a focus on the role public policy plays on such relationships. One area of research investigates how education (and different educational policies) affects health, cognition, and SES at older ages, including how individual genetics shape such relationships. She is currently the PI of an NIA R01 on gene-environment interactions in education, cognitive functioning, and ADRD risk. She earned her PhD and MA in Economics from Princeton University.

Presentation or paper

Education reduces dementia prevalence and mitigates the genetic risk of dementia

Portrait of Giorgia Mezzetti

Giorgia Mezzetti

University of Bologna

Giorgia Mezzetti is a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on health, human capital and inequalities. Specifically, she investigates how gene-environment interactions vary between genders. She is currently working on the role of genetics in either mediating or exacerbating gender gaps, ranging from labor force participation to wage evolution. 

Presentation or paper

The role of gene-environment interaction in the gender wage gap