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Columbia Epigenetics Boot Camp

The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University is once again holding its popular Epigenetics Boot Camp: Planning and Analyzing DNA Methylation Studies, a two-day intensive boot camp of seminars and hands-on analytical sessions on epigenetics. The program provides an overview of concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods utilized in human epigenetics studies and will take place on the Columbia University Medical Campus on June 21 and 22. Investigators at all career stages are welcome to attend including trainees and early-stage investigators.

Dr. Andrea Baccarelli, chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Laboratory of Precision Environmental Biosciences will lead the boot camp with a team of scientists who have more than 36 years of combined experience in the field of environmental epigenetics. Instructors include Andrea Baccarelli and Kasey Brennan from Columbia University, Allan Just, Elena Colicino, and Jonathan Heiss from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Andres Cardenas from Harvard University.

The two-day boot camp will integrate seminar lectures with hands-on computer sessions and cover the key concepts of epigenetics and the effects of risk factors on the epigenome for designing and executing DNA methylation studies. Attendees will have the opportunity to work hands-on with real methylation data generated by the Illumina Infinium MethylationEPIC (850k) BeadChip platform, as well as learn and practice data handling, cleaning, and basic analysis of epigenome-wide DNA methylation data.

Dr. John Greally, founding director of the Center for Epigenomics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Professor of Genetics, Pediatrics and Medicine, whose research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of human disease, is the keynote speaker.

Register here to take advantage of the early-bird registration rates available through April 30.