Hudson Santos, PhD, RN

Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar & Associate Professor; Director, UNC Biobehavioral Laboratory

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 403
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Dr. Santos is an Associate Professor and Director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory. He is also the Director of Training and Mentorship Division in the UNC Institute for Environmental Health Solutions at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Santos has expertise in symptom science, genomics, early life adversity, and child neurodevelopment. His research focuses the developmental origins of health and disease for at risk children. Most of his NIH-funded work focuses on the placenta-brain axis to identify genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that are predictive of later life health in children who experience early life adversity, such as social hardship and biological insults (e.g., preterm birth). He also explores the effects of structural racism and discrimination on the epigenome and maternal-child health outcomes.

Dr. Santos is a member of the T32 Executive Committee of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development, and a faculty member in the School of Nursing “Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness” NINR-T32 Program. He an elected member in the Board of Directors of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), and an elected Council Member for the U.S. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD).

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