Hendrik Marks
Hendrik Marks

Between nurture and nature: epigenetics, the manual of our DNA

Thursday 11 May 2023, 8 pm - 9:15 pm
A Radboud Gesture

Although all cells contain the same DNA code, the same cell can specialize into nerve cells or muscle tissue, for example. This specialization is possible by having different parts of the DNA active. But which parts are "on" for which cell types? And how is that regulated? 

For this Radboud gesture, I will provide an interactive public lecture about the work of my research group at Radboud University, which studies epigenetics in developing organisms – think of embryos. I will also highlight exciting recent developments in epigenetics. For example, epigenetic assays (DNA methylation) are used to very accurately determine the age of the donor of traces of blood or saliva in forensics. Epigenetic biomarkers are used in the clinic for tumors to monitor the disease process and to determine the effectiveness of therapies. It is also becoming clear that traits can (to a limited extent) be passed on to offspring during life through epigenetics. Among others, it turned out that women who were pregnant during the hunger winter gave birth to sons with an increased risk of obesity. During my lecture, I will further explain the importance of epigenetics, you are very welcome! 


Voorzieningenhart ’t Hert, Thijmstraat 40, 6531 CS Nijmegen; Room B.19

For who?

Adults, 16 years or older

Thursday 11 May 2023, 8 pm - 9:15 pm
Faculty of Science
Contact information

Hendrik Marks is group leader at the Department of Molecular Biology at Radboud University, where he studies embryonic development using human and mouse embryo models. If interested: hendrik.marks [at] ru.nl