Professor Bill Sullivan of Indiana University School of Medicine joins on episode 228 of the show, and we discuss his book Pleased To Meet Me: Genes, Germs, And The Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are, along with related topics.
He is a Professor with a Ph.D. in Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, who had focused on genes for drug-resistance in a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. He has experience with epigenetics, parasites, germs, gene expression, and more. Professor Sullivan also has written for numerous outlets like Scientific American and What Is Epigenetics.
I enjoyed speaking with Bill here, and we covered a variety of topics from the book, as well as some extended questions I had from the book’s framework.
- how taste can be different in different people based on ability to be a “super taster”
- why your gut bacteria is so important in assisting regulation of your mood and well-being
- what makes some people more prone to addiction, and the percentages associated with some levels of addiction
- what type of environments contribute to drug use, versus the ones that make drug use seem less appealing
- how mood requires a balance of many different parameters
- why a polygenic trait like height is desired, and what it represents of the person who has it
- what epigenetics has to do with adverse childhood experiences and their lasting impact on an individual