Sarah Merrill is a psychobiologist currently using social epigenetics to understand the effects of social relationships, particularly interpersonal bonds, on our biology. She received her PhD from Cornell University in developmental psychology with Drs. Cindy Hazan and Ritch Savin-Williams, which focused on the importance of sex in the timing and quality of biological changes occuring during adult attachment formation. Her current postdoctoral research with Dr. Micheal Kobor at the University of British Columbia expands upon her knowledge of interpersonal relationships to investigate how social connections may affect an epigenetic mechanism, DNA methylation, which could lead to differing biological outcomes such as health and longevity. The purpose of her research is to expand our understanding of the biology of the social relationships integral to the human experience and their interconnective, long-lasting effects.
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