BIO 03 W — Diet and Gene Expression: You Are What You Eat
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 15—Mar 19
Drop Deadline: Feb 18
Instructor(s): Lucia Aronica
We tend to think that good genes make us thin and healthy, while bad genes make us fat and sick. But what if we could turn our “good” genes on and our “bad” genes off, and improve our overall health by making the right dietary and lifestyle choices? The science of epigenetics suggests we can do just that. In this course, we will provide an introduction to epigenetics, the study of how lifestyle factors can change gene activity without actually modifying the underlying DNA. With that basic foundation in place, students will discover how food is a powerful signal to our genes that can have a positive impact on our metabolism, longevity, and mental well-being. We will specifically explore basic concepts in nutrigenomics, the study of how gene expression can be modified by certain nutrients and bioactive food compounds. We will have live Q&A sessions with some of the world’s leading scientists in this field such as Professor Randy Jirtle (University of Wisconsin) and Professor Michael Skinner (Washington State). Using the information covered in this course, students will be able to design a personalized nutrition action plan to positively impact their gene expression.
Students should consult their physician or other healthcare professional before modifying their diets.
Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate Program; Genomics R&D Lead, Metagenics; Editor, Life by MDPILucia Aronica's research investigates the links among diet, genetics, and epigenetics, and their role in determining our “healthspan” and lifespan. She has published research papers in Cell, Genes & Development, and The EMBO Journal. Aronica received a PhD from the Universitat Wien.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.