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Minggao Liang
Scientist Spotlight: Minggao Liang, University of Toronto

Dr. Minggao Liang's research is focused on elucidating the cis-regulatory consequences of genetic variation in the context of evolution and human disease. Learn more about Minggao.

Welcome to This is Epigenetics—A new CEEHRC Initiative!

CEEHRC—a network of epigenetic scientists and researchers from across Canada—has launched a new knowledge sharing initiative.

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What is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics is a rapidly growing field of scientific inquiry. It explains how our bodies have just one genetic code, but ~200 different cell types.

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A Symphony of Speciation

The regulation of gene expression by transcription enhancers is critical for cellular identity and the observable difference between species.

Mathias Renaud
Scientist Spotlight: Mathias Renaud

Mathias Renaud is a Graduate Student in Dr. Julie Claycomb's laboratory at the University of Toronto. Learn more about Mathias and his research here! 

Hossein Davarinejad
Scientist Spotlight: Hossein Davarinejad

Hossein Davarinejad is a Graduate Student in Dr. Jean-François Couture's laboratory at the University of Ottawa. Learn more about Hossein and his research here!

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Chromatin State of Matter Matters: Is It Liquid or Solid?

Over the last decades, there has been much debate regarding chromatin state of matter. Up until recently, chromatin was believed to be liquid.

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Neurodevelopment has epigenetics on the brain

The brain is a remarkable organ and one of the most complex to assemble. DNA methylation mediates differentiation and regulation.

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Intergenerational versus transgenerational epigenetic inheritance: the parental environment

The parental environment can influence the health of subsequent generations through epigenetic inheritance.

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Lifestyle Choices Influence Reproductive Health Through Epigenetics

The reproductive system’s developmental and functional processes strongly rely on dynamic, yet faithful, epigenetic mechanisms from early development to adulthood. The pre-conception health of men and women, along with the in utero environment, have a direct impact on epigenetic modifications in sperm and oocytes (eggs). Therefore, lifestyle choices are key to safeguarding your health, fertility and the health of future children.