Environmental Epigenetics

Epigenetic changes control the way genetic information is expressed without altering genetic codes stored in DNA. Environmental exposures can induce epigenetic changes, but the extent of epigenetic damage depends on life history stages of the organism exposed. Our laboratory is 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 are seeking research FUNDS (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, bisphenol S, fire retardants, marijuana (including its metabolites), and engineered nanoparticles in germ cells.


Interested in research?

Our laboratory is seeking graduate students (MS and PhD) to participate in environmental epigenetics and transgenerational health research. Undergraduate students (sophomores and juniors) can register for Bio-499 research credit. All interested persons should contact Dr. Ramji Bhandari (for further details.  If you are a potential graduate (Ph.D.) student and would like to apply for a fellowship through philanthropic foundations, NSF or NIH, please contact me ahead of time.

Recent News

Manuscript accepted for publication: Environmental Epigenetics

A manuscript has recently been accepted for publication in Environmental Epigenetics. It demonstrates that the BPA and ethinylestradiol induce estrogen receptor expression…

Megan is presenting at an international conference this week

Megan Doldron will present her paper at the IUTOX 15th International Congress of Toxicology, which is jointly organized by the Society of…

NIH Grant Received

The Bhandari lab received an award notice for a grant supplement to complete the ongoing project entitled “Germline transmission of epigenetic alterations…

The Bhandari Lab presented at PRIMO and NASCE meetings this month

The Bhandari Lab presented their recent findings at 20th International Symposium on Pollutant Responses In Marine Organisms (PRIMO20) held at Charleston, SC…

Manuscript Published in Environmental Pollution Journal

Findings from Jacob Cleary’s masters project have been recently published in Environmental Pollution Journal. Jacob found a significant reduction in sperm count…

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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 "