Epigenomics SIG Leadership Elections to open Feb. 15

Epigenomics SIG Leadership Elections

Election to be run: February 15-March 1, 2021

Positions to start: September 2021


Members of the Epigenomics Special Interest Group are being asked to vote on candidates for leadership positions. Three of the positions (chair, co-chair and program committee co-chair) have only one candidate, and voters will be asked to select the candidate or abstain from making a selection.  Voters will also be asked to select from three candidates for one Student New Investigator Co-chair position. The election will be open February 15 and close at midnight on March 1, 2021.



1 candidate for one open position

Isabelle Miousse, PhD

Dr. Isabelle Miousse is an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She received her PhD in Human Genetics from McGill University in Canada. Her work focuses on the role of methyl donors in cancer. She has been an active member of EMGS since 2014. She has served as the Education, Student and New Investigator Affairs Committee Co-Chair and currently serves as the Epigenomics SIG Co-Chair and as a Councilor. 



1 candidate for one open position

Karen Huen, PhD

Dr. Karen Huen is a Senior Researcher at the Children’s Environmental Health Laboratory at UC Berkeley.  She received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences in 2009, also at Berkeley.  Her work focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms linking environmental exposures with health outcomes in children with an overarching goal of protecting vulnerable populations. In particular, she has used functional genomics to study candidate susceptibility genes in farmworkers and their families. Her more recent work involves assessing the relationship of DNA methylation, miRNA expression, and epigenetic aging in children with early life environmental exposures and health outcomes later in life. Dr. Huen has been attending the EMGS annual meeting since 2005 and previously served as co-chair of the Molecular Epidemiology SIG.  

Program Committee Representative

1 candidate for one open position

Hong Ji, PhD

Hong Ji, PhD, is an Assistant Professor from the department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell biology and California National Primate Research Center at University of California Davis. Her research is focused on understanding the epigenetic basis of diseases, asthma in particular. She is interested to learn how environmental exposures such as air pollution during critical developmental windows modify the epigenome and contribute to disease etiology and severity. She is the author of over 30 scientific publications related to epigenetics, environment and disease.

SNI Co-Chair

3 candidates for one open position

Dillon King

Dillon King earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.S. in Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University in 2017. As an undergraduate she conducted research in environmental health, organic chemistry, and cellular biology. She is currently a third-year graduate student at Duke University co-mentored by Dr. Joel Meyer and Dr. Susan Murphy. She studies sex differences in mitochondrial function and the effects of mitochondrial toxicants on epigenetic establishment during early neurodevelopment. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her dog, Oliver, and go to the beach. 


Rachel Morgan

Rachel is a third-year PhD student pursuing a degree in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she worked at the University Biotechnology Center and the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene.  She earned her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee prior to pursuing her doctorate. As a PhD student, Rachel has co-chaired the University of Michigan Environmental Health Sciences Annual Research Symposium and is an active member of several departmental committees. Rachel has a keen interest in the early life origins of later life health and disease, and her research interests include environmental and developmental epigenetics, with a focus on the impacts of lead (Pb) on piRNA and DNA methylation at transposable elements during neural differentiation and neurodevelopment. She has presented this work at several national conferences, including as a session speaker at the 2020 Annual EMGS meeting. Outside of the lab, Rachel enjoys cooking and baking, working on home projects with her partner, and spending time with her dog, Willy. 


Nicole Wanner, DVM

Dr. Nicole Wanner is a Wisconsin native and received her Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI before heading to the University of Minnesota for her doctoral and graduate training. At UMN, she received her DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in 2018 and is currently completing a PhD in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Faulk. Dr. Wanner is passionate about the importance of the epigenome in mediating the actions of cannabinoid compounds across multiple life stages. Cannabinoids can have therapeutic effects during direct exposure for phenotypes such as pain and anxiety, however, recent evidence suggests that these compounds may also cause significant neurodevelopmental disruption. Dr. Wanner’s thesis work focuses on cannabidiol, the primary non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid, and its behavioral and epigenetic effects during direct and developmental exposure in mice. Her work thus far has found that despite the positive impacts of direct exposure to CBD, developmental exposure results in behavior changes and perturbation of brain DNA methylation in adult offspring long after CBD exposure has ceased. In the future, Dr. Wanner plans to interrogate these epigenetic changes further in the context of autism spectrum disorder, substance use disorder, and other psychiatric phenotypes as well as investigating the epigenetic impact of medically-relevant cannabinoid mixtures.

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