Gene 229 Course Aging

Student Research


GENE 229:

How We Age


Instructors for this course:

Michael Snyder, PhD
Stanford W. Ascherman, MD, FACS, Professor in Genetics

Ronjon Nag, PhD
Adjunct Professor in Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine
Director, R42 Longevity Fund

Anastasiya Giarletta
Principal, R42 Fund
Gene 229 Teaching Assistant

 Artem Trotsyuk
Principal, R42 Fund
Gene 229 Teaching Assistant, PhD Candidate, Gurtner Lab

We all age, but how do we age?

There are 79 organs in the human body and each of them age differently. 

  • Some parts of the human body visibly age like hair and skin, others are less visible like our kidneys, liver and heart.
  • What is the trajectory of aging for each of these organs and how can the aging of these organs be measured quantitatively?
  • We will go through parts of the human body and study the genetics and mechanisms of aging for each and discuss if there are preventative and interventional measures that can be undertaken.
  • As part of this course students test an interventional measure on themselves.
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Winter 2022 Papers

Alyssa Fuentes
The Aging Brain and Sleep


Soren Jensen

Intervention Paper



Austin Murchison

Aging In the Pancreas


Quinn Woodhead

Lifestyle Intervention



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