Environmental Epigenetics

Epigenetic changes control the way genetic information is expressed without altering genetic codes stored in DNA. We, the Environmental Scientists, are trying to understand how environmental stressors (chemical or non-chemical) can induce epigenetic changes that result in adverse health outcomes or disease. Utilizing animal models (fish and rodents), cell co-cultures (normal cells and organoids), human tissue samples, and population-based studies, we are trying to pinpoint how epigenetic changes lead to harmful health effects, which could perhaps be passed on to future generations. Research is no FUN without “D” in it, so we and our collaborators are seeking research FUND (US federal and/or private foundations) to identify epigenetic biomarkers that may explain past exposures and predict future diseases.

Current projects include basic science of germ cell epigenetic programming and epigenotoxicity of environmental stressors such as, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, bisphenol A, marijuana (including its metabolites), and engineered nanoparticles in germ cells.


Positions open

Our laboratory is seeking several graduate students to participate in environmental epigenetics and transgenerational health research. Interested persons should contact Dr. Ramji Bhandari (for further details.

Recent News

Jacob will present at SETAC meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

Jacob will present his data at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Minneapolis, MN…

3-minute (3M) graduate thesis competition

Congratulations to Chelsea and Valerie from the Bhandari Research Group for being one of the top 10 finalists for the 3M thesis…

Dr. Bhandari presented at 18th ICCE conference in Alberta, Canada

Dr. Bhandari presented the 18th International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology held at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada on June 4-9, 2017.  The conference was…

Carolina SETAC

Jacob Cleary and Albert Thayil presented at the Annual Meeting of Carolina SETAC on May 19, 2017. Albert discussed his data on bisphenol…

Albert graduated!

Albert received his BS in Biology degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro today. Congratulations, Alby! You’re a Biologist now!!

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Contact Us

Bhandari Research Group
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
114 Eberhart Bldg, 321 McIVer St
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: 336.256.0493
"Our lab is a part of Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Program at the UNCG Department of Biology. Our graduate students have opportunities to specialize in a wide ranges of topics from ecosystem health to transgenerational organismal health "