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Verda Agan

University of North Carolina

Emily Hodges Lab

My research interests include epigenetics, metabolic disorders, functional genomics, and bioinformatics. The goal of my project is to study the epigenetic features, specifically DNA methylation, that shape type 2 diabetes (T2D). To accomplish this, I will build a genome-wide DNA methylation profile of human islets from T2D donors and identify potential regulatory regions driving a T2D transcriptional program. The proposed research may reveal central mechanisms mediating T2D since SNPs don’t tell the full story.