I am Dr. Shea K. Robison. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the City University of Hong Kong in the Department of Public Policy with the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy.
My primary research interest is political philosophy, with an emphasis on the intersection of biology, morality and politics. My current focus is on the political and ethical implications of the emerging science of epigenetics. I find the subject of epigenetics fascinating, from the actual biological processes which constitute epigenetics, to the colorful history, to the political and philosophical repercussions.
(Preview my forthcoming book: Epigenetics and Public Policy: The Tangled Web of Science and Politics. You can also read my dissertation: The Political Implications of Epigenetics: Novel Narratives of the Self, the Environment, and Causal Responsibility.)
A lot of work is being done on the science of epigenetics, but not much work is yet being done on the historical background of epigenetics, or the political or philosophical implications of epigenetics. The Nexus of Epigenetics is a forum where all these topics can be discussed.
For example, read about the guiding model of my project: The True Political Impact of Epigenetics
You can navigate through the posts about the different topics I discuss using the menu at the top of this page or the Recent Posts and Categories lists located on the right-hand margin of this page.
WHAT IS EPIGENETICS?
For a visual of how epigenetics work, watch this video from the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center
Also, in this video Q&A a world class epigeneticist explains epigenetics (video from the RWJF):
You’ve come this far, so I am curious about what brought you here. Read the posts that interest you, leave a comment or question, and let’s see what we can do.
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