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Thayer, Zaneta Marie

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Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
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Dartmouth College
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Thayer, Dr. Zaneta M., Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH - To aid research and writing on 'Intergenerational Impacts Of Racial Discrimination In Aotearoa/New Zealand' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Preliminary abstract: How does the social experience of racism shape patterns of human biology, and can these effects be inherited across generations? The purpose of the proposed project is to explore these questions using data from a large birth cohort study (N = 6822) in Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland is an extremely international city, with approximately 40% of its inhabits being recent migrants. The history and rapid increase in immigration has created a cultural context where racial discrimination is highly prevalent. Based on the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) hypothesis, we would predict that early life exposure to stressors, such as racial discrimination, may have important impacts on offspring development. My time as a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow will be spent exploring whether maternal experience of racial discrimination, as measured during pregnancy, is associated with offspring birth outcomes, DNA methylation at 54 months, and telomere length at 54 months, respectively. This research has the potential to expand our understanding of how racial discrimination in a particular cultural context shapes patterns of human variation and health.