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Daphne Martschenko is a research specialist at the University of Chicago and recently completed her PhD in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. She uses mixed-methods research to explore the social and ethical implications of social science genomics for the American education system, focusing on teachers’ understandings of the role and relevance of genetics for education. Daphne advocates for and facilitates cross-disciplinary research efforts that promote socially responsible communication of social science genomics research findings.

“In the early decades of the twenty-first century, we are learning to speak yet another language of cause and effect, and constructing a new epidemiology of self: we are beginning to describe illness, identity, affinity, temperament, preferences—and, ultimately, fate and choice—in terms of genes and genomes…. One of the most provocative ideas about our history and future: that the influence of genes on our lives and beings is richer, deeper, and more unnerving than we had imagined.”

– The Gene (Mukherjee, 2016: 494)

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