We use a “society to cell” approach to investigate the cascading effects of extrinsic factors, such as income poverty and social relationships, that manifest into intrinsic responses inside the body to impact health across the lifecourse. We then work to translate this knowledge in order to inform the next steps required to apply research to policy and program practice.

Research Themes

Extrinsic factors that Affect health and wellbeing

The differences that make a difference in health outcomes

Intrinsic Responses

The molecular mechanisms by which social and environmental factors “get under the skin”

Technological Developments 

Characterizing and quantifying the exposome

Policies and Interventions 

Improving mental and physical health across the lifecourse


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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