Wedow’s main research interest is in sociogenomics, which lies at the intersection of sociology, demography, and statistical and computational genetics. He is interested in how social forces and environments interact with genetics (gene-by-environment interactions). Using recent advances in genetic data collection and methodological developments in statistical genetics, he leverages large-scale genetic data to explore how sociological outcomes change across context, across time, and across outcome measurement.
He is deeply dedicated to clearly and sensitively communicating the findings from his work in an ethically-engaged and community-based fashion. He has written and taught widely on the ethical considerations and societal impacts of modern-day genomics research. He is helping lead NSF-funded work to restructure genetics curriculum in high school to be less deterministic and instead to accurately reflect complex human variation.
Wedow completed his Ph.D. in sociology and statistical/behavioral genetics at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. He completed his postdoc in the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Department of Sociology at Harvard University, the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2022. His work outside of social science genetics focuses on population health, health disparities, and quasi-experimental designs and methodologies.
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Thursday, February 22 –
Saturday, February 24, 2024
In this course, you will learn cutting edge methods for studying the nexus of social, behavioral, and genomic processes, as well as engage with the ethics involved in such work. The course is unique in its critical eye toward ethics,...View Details