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BIO 07 — Longing for Longevity: From Biology to Biohacking

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 27—Dec 8
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $410
Instructor(s): Lucia Aronica, Maddalena Adorno
Limit: 55
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 24
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 27—Dec 8
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 29
1 Unit
Lucia Aronica, Maddalena Adorno
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 24
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Everyone wants to live longer, but nobody wants to get old. So what if we could not only add years to life but also life to years? This is not science fiction, it’s geroscience. In this course, we will see how the booming field of aging biology is redefining what it means to grow old. We will describe the main theories around aging, with a focus on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms, and answer questions that were hardly considered even a decade ago, including: Should we still measure our age in years? Or can we use molecular clocks to measure the “biological age” of our cells and tissues? Can we delay or even reverse aging through the use of lifestyle hacks, supplements, and the new science of senotherapeutics? How can we disentangle hype, hope, and hurdles in geroscience? We will also hear from guest speakers who are world-renowned longevity and aging experts. Tentative speakers include Valter Longo, USC professor of gerontology, and Claudio Franceschi, professor of immunology, emeritus, at the University of Bologna, Italy. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand, critically evaluate, and use new discoveries in geroscience to live a healthier, longer life.

Lecturer, Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate Program; Genomics R&D Lead, Metagenics

Lucia 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 Universität Wien, Austria.

Cofounder and CEO, Dorian Therapeutics

Maddalena Adorno is the main inventor of a technology that is a potential therapeutic for rejuvenating cells and tissues. She received a PhD in biomedicine from the University of Padua, Italy, and completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford, working on stem cells and aging biology. She is on the advisory board of Kin-Keepers, a company that uses AI and tech to improve life quality for the elderly. Her work has been published in journals including Nature, Cell, and Science, and she is a named inventor on several patents in cancer biology, aging, and degenerative diseases. In 2019, she was an invited speaker at the Time 100 Health Summit to discuss the potential of new approaches targeting senescence.