Science Lecture by Dr. Robert Waterland from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, USA. Welcome & Introduction by Prof. Sander Kersten, Wageningen University.
Research in the Waterland laboratory aims to understand how nutrition and other environmental influences during prenatal and early postnatal development affect individual susceptibility to various diseases later in life. We are focused on nutritional influences on developmental epigenetics as a likely mediating mechanism.
Epigenetic mechanisms are established during development to stably regulate tissue-specific patterns of gene expression. DNA methylation is of particular interest because mammalian one-carbon metabolism, which supplies the methyl groups for DNA methylation, is intimately dependent on dietary methyl donors and cofactors. We use various mouse models to investigate early nutritional influences on the developmental establishment of DNA methylation and associated phenotypes. We are also conducting human studies to identify persistent epigenetic changes associated with early nutritional exposures. We use genome-wide DNA methylation profiling, bioinformatic analysis, bisulfite pyrosequencing, and various gene expression assays.
Additionally, we are also investigating the role of epigenetic dysregulation in obesity. In particular, we are using mouse models to study whether maternal obesity and nutrition before and during pregnancy affect developmental epigenetics in the hypothalamus and, consequently, body weight regulation in her offspring.
Dr. Judith Zwartz Foundation
The Science Lecture is made possible by a generous contribution of the Dr. Judith Zwartz Foundation. The Dr. Judith Zwartz Foundation supports the Division of Human Nutrition in the organisation of an annual Public Lecture and an annual Science Lecture.
Participation in this event is free of charge.
Get together from 15.00 hrs, drinks afterwards.