Acadia Senior College


Beyond Our Genes: Epigenetics, Environment, and Health

March 22, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Birch Bay Village Inn

This talk will discuss differences between genetics and epigenetics, how epigenetics shapes expression of genes and affects our health, and how epigenetics may be shaped by environmental input (such as diet, stress, or pollutants). Examples will be drawn from studies of effects of environmental exposures on human health as well as experimental analyses using model organisms.

The hot buffet at Birch Bay Village in Hulls Cove, begins at 11:30 and costs $12; the lecture is from noon to 1:00.  Reservations are required for either and must be received by noon Wednesday, March 20th.  Contact Acadia Senior College at 288-9500 or email  This event is open to the public.

Dr. Mary Ann Handel is a scientist at the Jackson Laboratory, where her research focuses on genetic control of reproduction, particularly risk factors for producing offspring with an abnormal number of chromosomes (such as Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, in humans). Before coming to the Jackson Laboratory, she was for many years on the faculty at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), where in addition to conducting research, she taught genetics and developmental biology. She still loves teaching adult learners at all levels and engaging them in provocative new concepts.

Beyond Our Genes: Epigenetics, Environment, and Health