Darling focuses on community-based participatory research and translational health policy. Darling has further experience researching the effects of air pollution on mothers and children leading her to pursue questions about how the environment is conceptualized in biomedicine. Darling collaborates with graduate and undergraduate students on research. Darling's current collaborative research includes projects on the social and ethical implications of genetic sequencing in cancer treatment, the history of public, corporate and philanthropic investment in biomedical research in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the long-term effects of “gig work” on workers and their communities.
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Draws on interviews with gene-environment interaction researchers to show how scientists' expansive conceptualizations of the environment ultimately yield to the imperative to molecularize and personalize the environment.
Argues based on interviews with gene-environment interaction researchers that post-genomic scientists seeking to understand the interactions of genetic and environmental disease determinants actually undermine their ability to do so, by valorizing precise characterizations of individuals’ genetic ancestry over measurement of the social processes and relations that differentiate social groups.