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Dr. Non is a genetic anthropologist with an interest in the genetic and sociocultural contributors to racial and social inequalities in health. Her current research focus is to understand how social experiences can become biologically embedded to affect health throughout the life course. She is currently investigating epigenetic mechanisms, or modifications to the genome, that can link early life adverse environmental exposures with altered gene expression. Her newest project is an investigation of the biological embedding of stress experiences of children of Mexican-born immigrants living in Nashville. She has also explored levels of methylation in a number of stress-response genes in children raised in orphanages relative to those raised in foster care settings in Bucharest, Romania. In past research, she has investigated the role of African genetic ancestry and sociocultural measures of race and socioeconomic status in explaining racial inequalities in blood pressure, both in Puerto Rico and in the US.
More information about her other research projects, publications, and teaching, can be found at her website: http://www.amynon.org