Genetics and Identity Symposium


WHEN February 19-20, 2019
8:45 AM - 5:30 PM WHERE NYU Abu Dhabi Conference Center (A6) WHO The Division of Science; The Division of Social Science; The NYUAD Institute and The NYUAD Research Institute By Invitation Interested scholars please contact

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.

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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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