While your DNA is like the letters on the page of a book, epigenetics are like the spaces and punctuation that guide the reader. Epigenetics include specific marks like methylation of DNA or acetylation of proteins that wind around the DNA that do not change the DNA itself. These epigenetic marks are influenced by the environment, including diet and smoking.
Consequently, epigenetics plays a big role in shaping who we are and how we grow. Our team is interested in understanding how epigenetics may be involved in the development of diabetes in youth and whether some epigenetic marks could be used for early diagnosis of diabetes.