FHS Seminar Series - Epigenetic Embedding of Early Life Experiences – How Environments Get “Under the Skin”

by Dr. Michael Kobor, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics


Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development


Theme Lead "Healthy Starts” BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute  Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics 


Department of Medical Genetics 


Senior Fellow Canadian Institute for Advanced Research  University of British Columbia

December 07, 2017

Event Type

Seminar Series


December 07, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Blusson Hall, Room 9920


This presentation will highlight the emerging role of epigenetic modifications at the interface between environments and the genome.  Drawing on a large interdisciplinary research network of human population studies with partners from child development, psychology, psychiatry, and epidemiology, Dr. Kobor will discuss how early life adversities such as poverty and family stress can ”get under the skin” to affect health and behavior across the lifespan. Furthermore, Dr. Kobor will highlight challenges and opportunities associated with the tissue-specific nature of epigenetic marks, and examine the interface between genetic and epigenetic variation. Rooted in the developmental origins of health and disease concept, this presentation provides a new perspective on the nature versus nurture debate.


Dr. Michael S. Kobor is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Kobor has received many distinctions, including a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics, the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development, and an appointment as Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Child and Brain Development Program. A champion for translational research, he serves as the Lead for the “Healthy Starts” Theme at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kobor's own research is focused on illuminating the mechanisms by which early life environments become biologically embedded.


* This Seminar Series is open to the SFU Research Community.  

* This seminar was recorded and can be viewed here by the FHS Research Community

*  A light lunch will be available at this seminar.  

* The FHS Research Seminar Series is an Accredited Small Group Learning by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.