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Monica Uddin is a Professor in USF’s College of Public
Health, where she is an active contributor to the Genomics Program housed in
the Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease Research. The goal of work in the Uddin research group
is to identify genetic and epigenetic predictors of stress-related mental
disorders, with a particular focus on depression and post-traumatic stress
disorder. A central theme of this work is the recognition that lived experience
has a substantial impact on risk for mental disorders, and that this risk is
likely mediated in part by changes to genomic biology; accordingly, we seek to
develop biomarkers of risk prediction that take into account aspects of lived
experience, such as early life adversity and cumulative traumatic burden, that
are known to influence susceptibility to depression and related disorders, with the ultimate goal helping to inform interventions
that reduce the burden of mental illness.