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Dr. Michael S. Kobor, PhD
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, UBC, Canada
Epigenetic Variation in Human Health and Disease
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
10:30 - 11:00 am


Abstract: In living organisms, developmental pathways and environmental influences converge to specify the expression of genetic information. Epigenetic mechanisms are key mediators between environment and genome, affecting health and disease. Significant variation in the human epigenome is associated with aging, ethnicity, and lifestyle factors.
Biography
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Dr. Michael Kobor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a Scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT), a gene research centre under UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and located at the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI). Dr. Kobor serves on the Management Committee of the BC Clinical Genomics Network as well as the Advisory Committee of UBC’s Medical Genetics Graduate Program. Furthermore, he is the co-Director of the Genetics and Epigenetics Centre within the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA) and an Investigator with NeuroDevNet NCE and AllerGen NCE. Dr. Kobor is the author of twenty-five peer reviewed publications and the recipient of several awards, including a Scholar Distinction in the Experience-based Brain & Biological Development Program from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar Award. Dr. Kobor’s major area of research is the molecular biology of chromatin structures and their role in genome function, contributing to a detailed understanding of the principal epigenetic mechanisms in health and disease. Ongoing research in Dr. Kobor’s laboratory is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Institutes of Health, AllerGen NCE Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Human Early Learning Partnership and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Dr. Kobor supervises eight graduate students and one post-doctoral research fellow, all of whom have received significant external awards.