About the Nexus of Epigenetics


(Follow me on Twitter at @EpigeneticsGuy and see my academic profile at Academia.edu. Also, connect with me at LinkedIn.)

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.

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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.


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.

Feel free to contact me at epigenetics.guy@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Follow my epigenetics and policy themed Twitter feed @EpigeneticsGuy

3 thoughts on “About the Nexus of Epigenetics

  1. Dear Dr. Robinson — I left a message for you at end of your excellent article on C.H. Waddington. Your 101 article is also very good. Waddington was a friend of Jean Piaget and I am giving a paper on this relationship in this June at SFran.

    Jeanette M. Gallagher, PhD, Senior Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    Email: Jinpia@Verizon.net


    • Thank you for taking the time to send me a comment. My post on Waddington is my most visited post, so he definitely seems to be generating a lot of interest, which is fitting because from what I have learned he is a fascinating scientist and personality. I am just finishing my book on epigenetics, and I have a couple of chapters regarding Waddington in which I am able to go into even more detail about him, his eclectic career in science, and his politics. I had not come across his friendship with Piaget, but given what I have learned about him I am not surprised. Let me know if you have any more questions about Waddington I can help with, or any other tidbits. Best of luck in presenting your paper. Cheers.


    • Also, I don’t see the message at the end of my Waddington post that you reference here. I hope it has not been lost in the ether of the blogosphere, especially if it has any more detail about this Waddington-Piaget connection.

      (I think I found it on my Academia.edu page? If so, I’m not sure if you’ve read my post yet about Waddington on this blog [here], which would likely be of interest to you if you have not yet read it.)


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