11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Seminar Series: David Rehkopf

An Introduction to Population Based Data for Studies of DNA Methylation

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DNA methylation is a fundamental biological process that is under both environmental and genetic control in humans. Technological developments over the last 5 years have lowered the price of DNA methylation assays to the extent that relatively large population based samples are now adding data on close to 1 million DNA methylation sites to well characterized cohorts. Examining patterns of DNA methylation offers population scientists a historically unprecedented opportunity to understand the biological pathways through which myriad social, environmental and behavioral factors change human biology in ways that may be related to long-term disease risk. My talk will give a background on what is currently known about the factors that impact DNA methylation, and what is known about how it is related to human development, chronic diseases and aging. I will describe currently available and soon to be available population based data sources for the analysis of DNA methylation data. The break-out session following the talk will go into further practical details on the use of these data sources.


Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center, Room 320
291 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305


David Rehkopf

Associate Professor of Medicine (Primary Care & Population Health)
Health Research & Policy (Epidemiology)
Faculty Fellow, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine