It is widely known that a mother has substantial influence over her offspring during prenatal development. Her eating, exercising, and overall lifestyle can have lifelong effects for her children. But what about the father? It turns out that fathers are not off the hook when it comes to prenatal development, and his physical activity may have lasting effects on the epigenetic regulation of gene expression in an area of the brain important for learning and memory: the hippocampus. First, a [more…]
About Matthew Mahavongtrakul
Matthew Mahavongtrakul graduated with a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. When he first learned of epigenetics as an undergraduate, he became fascinated by the topic and integrated it into his dissertation work focused on molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease. He currently teaches epigenetics in an undergraduate Molecular Biology course and is excited to continue contributing to the field.