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The Institute for Society and Genetics is involved in a number of research projects. Please view some of them below. Undergraduates interested in research assistant opportunities can contact faculty members identified on this page, and can read more about research course contracts here, http://socgen.ucla.edu/academics/undergraduate/undergraduate-research/.

Heredity Under The Microscope: A History Of Human Chromosomes

  • This study will provide new insights into how human heredity has become an overriding concern in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.
  • PI(s): Soraya de Chadarevian

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After The Keyword: The Virtual Organization Of Networked Social Movements

  • This research focuses on technological infrastructure used by networked social movements, particularly Occupy, to communicate and coordinate campaigns and actions.
  • PI(s): Joan Donovan

What Is Metabolism After Big Data?

  • This project takes metabolomics—the post-genomic study of metabolism—as a key locale in which to investigate the role and impact of big data in biomedical research.
  • PI(s): Nadine Levin, Hannah Landecker

Dissecting Environmental Influences On Health

  • Our research addresses critical gaps in our knowledge of our chemical environment and its effect on several aspects of biology and health.
  • PI(s): Patrick Allard

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Modeling The Evolution Of Technology

  • This project aims to utilize recent advancements in macroevolutionary research in order to develop new insights into the evolution of technology within both past and present societies.
  • PI(s): Erik Gjesfjeld, Michael Alfaro, Christopher Kelty

History Of Public Mental Health

  • Researching the history of public mental health programs in Los Angeles County and evaluating their impact on staff and clients.
  • PI(s): Marcia Meldrum

Intense Human Social Bonds And Healthy Gene Expression

  • Social isolation is associated with disease and mortality, as well as changes in immune cell gene expression, including upregulation of pro-inflammatory genes and downregulation of antiviral genes.
  • PI(s): Martie Haselton, Steve Cole

Studying Germline Maintenance From An Environmental Perspective

  • A major focus of the laboratory is to understand how environmental exposures alter the function of the germline and therefore reproduction.
  • PI(s): Patrick Allard

What Is Participation?

  • We compare cases of mediated participation in multiple domains (from free software to citizen journalism to science and engineering to culture and art). We are working on a “Bird Guide” to the organization and governance of participation today.
  • PI(s): Christopher Kelty, Aaron Panofsky

Biological And Cultural Evolution In Neotropical Primates

Social Impact Of Expanded Newborn Screening For Metabolic-Genetic Conditions

  • This study tracks the development and treatment trajectories of newborns attending a metabolic genetics clinic for follow-up for positive newborn screening results.
  • PI(s): PI: Stefan Timmermans and John Heritage

The Protection Of Human Genetic Information And The First Amendment

  • a study of legal trends involving the rights of individuals to their own genetic information
  • PI(s): Debra Greenfield

Public Participation In Science And Technology

  • How does public participation transform the nature of discovery and innovation? How do forms of participation on the internet differ from each other and from classic forms of democratic participation?
  • PI(s): Christopher M. Kelty and Aaron Panofsky

Model Organism Newsletters, Intellectual Property And Open Science

  • An ongoing project to understand how property functions in biological sciences, in the past and in the present.
  • PI(s): Christopher M. Kelty
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