Noah Kessler

Noah_Kessler_photoPhD Student

Address: Address: MRC International Nutrition Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK

 

 

 

 

Background

Noah completed a B.S. in computer science and a B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Houston (Texas, USA). During his undergraduate studies, he worked as an intern and bioinformatician in the lab of long-time MRC ING collaborator Dr Rob Waterland at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas, USA). His work in the Waterland lab included analysis of DNA methylation data to search for human metastable epialleles (MEs), and he was involved in the effort to characterize the most significant human ME, VTRNA2-1. He also worked on the bioinformatics side of studies investigating mouse brain epigenetics. Noah joined the ING in August 2015 and is based primarily in London.

Research

Noah’s primary research focus is epigenetics – specifically, determining how maternal nutrition affects DNA methylation in infants, with the goal of identifying how these effects relate to disease and mortality. He is interested in statistical modelling and identifying other biological impacts of seasonality in The Gambia, as well as the broader influence of agriculture and environment on human health.

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