Taking advantage of NYU Abu Dhabi’s unique capacity for multidisciplinary research, this is a collaborative initiative led by a team of biologists and social scientists from the Divisions of Science and Social Science in the emerging new field of identity and genetics.
The mapping of the human genome in the twenty-first century has raised fundamental questions about identity: who we are as individuals, and how we are sorted into groups. Yet new research in genetics is often divorced from social science research on individual and group identity. It also raises ethical questions that require the combined scrutiny of social scientists and biologists.
Our goal is to combine social science and genetics to produce innovative research, education and outreach on the question of how genetics can (and cannot) inform our understandings of the fundamentals of individual and group identity, how these understandings of identity affect our health and well-being, and how they inform, and should inform, public policy and governance.
From Biology Stéphane Boissinot, Program Head and Professor of Biology Kirsten Edepli, Associate Professor of Biology and Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Youssef Idaghdour, Assistant Professor of Biology Piergiorgio Percipalle, Associate Professor of Biology
From Social Sciences
Kanchan Chandra, Professor of Politics David Cook-Martin, Professor of Sociology Chris Dawes, Associate Professor of Politics Ann Morning, Associate Professor of Sociology Melina Platas Izama, Assistant Professor of Politics
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