Sarah Merrill is a postdoctoral fellow in the Kobor Lab within the Department of Medical Genetics. Sarah is a neuropsychologist who is using social epigenetics to understand the effects of early environment on biology. She received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience and psychology from Wellesley College, and received her masters and PhD from Cornell University in developmental psychology with Drs. Cindy Hazan, Ritch Savin-Williams, and Richard Depue. Her current research focuses on the affect of parenting styles on molecular and genetic composition. In a recent interview with Global News, Sarah revealed that positive parenting styles is associated with differences in molecular composition of genes, specifically genes related to immune and cognitive function. Sarah also discussed the importance of fundraisers like BC Children's Hospital Dream Lottery in supporting research like hers!
Watch the full interview here: https://globalnews.ca/video/8343307/bc-childrens-hospital-dream-lottery-supports-life-changing-research/