The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Community Event
Speaker: 
Karissa Sanbonmatsu

DNA, Love, and Gender

When it comes to human behavior, some traits are neither nature nor nurture, but something altogether different. That “something” is epigenetics, the science that helps to explain how the environment, including some social interactions, alter DNA. In this talk, Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu gives an overview of the new science of epigenetics, which may help to understand autism, addiction, depression, Alzheimer’s and even love. She will discuss her latest research, revealing how long RNA molecules (DNA’s molecular cousins) may be the key to understanding many epigenetic phenomena.

Karissa Sanbonmatsu is a principal investigator at Los Alamos National Laboratory, studying the epigenetics, RNA and molecular machines. With over a half-million views, her 2014 TEDx talk describes how she found her way to epigenetics research.

AuthorsKarissa Sanbonmatsu

When it comes to human behavior, some traits are neither nature nor nurture, but something altogether different. That “something” is epigenetics, the science that helps to explain how the environment, including some social interactions, alter DNA. In this talk, Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu gives an overview of the new science of epigenetics, which may help to understand autism, addiction, depression, Alzheimer’s and even love. She will discuss her latest research, revealing how long RNA molecules (DNA’s molecular cousins) may be the key to understanding many epigenetic phenomena.

Karissa Sanbonmatsu is a principal investigator at Los Alamos National Laboratory, studying the epigenetics, RNA and molecular machines. With over a half-million views, her 2014 TEDx talk describes how she found her way to epigenetics research.

Generous underwriting from Thornburg Investment Management, with additional support from The Lensic Performing Arts Center, makes this series possible.

Purpose: 
SFI Community Lecture