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BIO 03 W — Diet and Gene Expression: You Are What You Eat

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 26—Dec 4
Drop Deadline: Oct 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $370
Instructor(s): Lucia Aronica
Limit: 55
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Oct 26—Dec 4
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 29
1 Unit
Fees
$370
Instructor(s):
Lucia Aronica
Limit
55
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 Prevention Research Center

Lucia Aronica’s research investigates how diet affects gene activity through epigenetic modifications, and how we can use these modifications to design personalized weight-loss strategies. She has presented workshops on ketogenic diets for athletes for the Poliquin Strength Institute and Stanford Athletics. She has published research papers in Cell, Genes & Development, and The EMBO Journal, and she is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Life by MDPI. Aronica received a PhD from the Universität Wien.
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