Your Genes and Your Health

Toby Rossman
Science / Health & Fitness

Course Description

The objectives of this series are to provide understanding of DNA and general genetic principles for the general public. No science background is required. The Human Genome consists of all of the genetic information (DNA) that we possess in our cells. Knowledge of the Human Genome and the implications of genetic variations among individuals is increasing at a rapid rate. This series will provide an introduction to basic genetics, a description of DNA and what it does, information on how humans differ from each other and from other species, and how scientists are using genetic information in predicting disease risk, and in studying differences in human populations (e.g. for ancestry). Some of the new methods in genetic analysis will be described, such as whole genome studies, genetic engineering, and forensics (CSI).


1. The Rules of Heredity
2. DNA and What it Does; Heredity or Environment?
3. Genetic Variations and Disease Risk
4. Genetic Technology in Forensics, Ancestor Studies, Genetic Engineering

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Toby G. Rossman, PhD held the rank of tenured Professor of Environmental Medicine at New York University School of Medicine until 2009, when she ended her tenure. She was also Director of the Molecular and Genetic Toxicology research program. She has taught since 1968. She received research funding for the genetic effects of environmental carcinogens for over 30 years, mainly from the NIH. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and edited one book and was on the editorial boards of four Scientific Journals. Dr. Rossman is a member of the American Chemical Society, Environmental Mutagen Society, Society of Toxicology, and American Association for Cancer Research. She consulted for the NIH, USEPA and is currently a part time NYU Professor, Director of the Hudson Valley Science Café, lecturer at public venues, and a consultant to the legal profession on toxic torts.

Upcoming programs presented by Toby Rossman.

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4wk S544 Toby Rossman Your Genes and Your Health
Fridays, March 15, 22, 29; April 5: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm