University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Lisa Barcellos at the UC Berkeley and her team, including researchers from Sonoma Technology, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Stanford University, are working to develop a comprehensive study to investigate the effects of wildfire smoke exposure on the epigenome and health in a multi-ethnic cohort. The study will include samples from 5,000 adults in the East Bay at two time points in 2020 and 2021 – coinciding with the largest wildfire year in California history – to identify and characterize changes to the “epigenome.”   

Epigenetic mechanisms are thought to have a central role, not only as relevant elements of pathogenic mechanisms in human health and disease but also as mediators of the body’s adaptation to environmental stimuli, such as air pollutants from exposure to wildfires.  

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