Study, featuring Anthropology faculty Ripan Malhi, links epigenetic changes to historic trauma in Alaska Native communities.


Researchers investigated the relationship between historical traumatic events experienced by Alaska Native communities and epigenetic markers on genes that previous studies have linked to trauma. The new study found a similar pattern among Alaska Native participants, with specific epigenetic differences observed in those who reported experiencing the most intense symptoms of distress when reflecting on historic losses. 

The study also found that individuals who strongly identified with their Alaska Native heritage and participated in cultural activities generally reported better well-being. The new findings are detailed in the International Journal of Health Equity.

Alyssa Bader, one member of the research group, is a 2019 graduate of our department who works for the Sealaska Heritage Institute

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