Donata Vercelli

Epigenetic Signatures of Prenatal Farm Exposures

The Research

  • They will begin identifying the mechanisms that occur during prenatal farm exposure that acts to modify a child’s susceptibility to allergic inflammation by activating distinct epigenetic mechanisms resulting in protection and identifying the genetic pathways they involve.
  • They will take a novel approach and scan the epigenomic landscape of neonates born to farm exposed, and non-exposed mothers in order to seek in vivo epigenetic signatures of farm exposure.

UA Science Internship Pairs High School Students, Research Mentors

Each year many SWEHSC researchers host high school students in their laboratories. Facility managers assits them process their samples and understand their data. SWEHSC members teach them about toxicology and environmental health. The program was designed by the SWEHSC Outreach Core and is conducted in collaboration with the BIO5 Instutue. Read more about this year's program

A novel approach to the identification of asthma-protective environmental products from US farms

Dr. Vercelli engaged in an intense collaboration with SWEHSC member Dr. Shane Snyder on an EH project that aims at defining the compounds responsible for asthma protection in a farm environment and the underlying mechanisms. This collaboration, initially supported by this 2014 Pilot Project Award to Drs. Vercelli and Snyder, led to the submission of a joint application to Johnson & Johnson, which has shown great interest in the translational potential of this project.

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