Samantha Schaffner

PhD Student

Department of Medical Genetics

Samantha graduated from UBC with a BSc Hons. in Biology in 2016, and is currently pursuing doctoral training in Medical Genetics under the supervision of Dr. Michael Kobor. Samantha's work focuses on identifying lifestyle factors (including diet, stress, and toxic exposures) that shape the neuroepigenome during early development and neurodegeneration. She uses omics-based approaches to investigate effects of environment on the epigenome and transcriptome of individuals genetically predisposed to neurodegeneration, across a variety of model systems from tissue culture to human cohorts. This work will help identify lifestyle prevention strategies and/or early biomarkers for neurological disorders.

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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