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About Gene Food

Gene Food software scores raw genetic data to help our customers gain valuable nutrition and health insights.

The science of personalized nutrition

Gene Food was founded with a science first approach. For the first two years of the company’s existence, the Gene Food team conducted research on the science of personalized nutrition. Our head of research and lead geneticist, Dr. Aaron Gardner, assembled a team to review hundreds of peer reviewed studies on genetics and nutrition, ranking the genes with the most scientific validation, and assigning each a Science Grade. This research forms the backbone of our custom nutrition plan.

Our nutrition products

Using the research and scoring system created in the exploratory phase of the company, Dr. Gardner’s team built a proprietary nutrition algorithm which classifies customers into one of twenty diet types based on over 120 vetted genetic factors. Gene Food can score existing genetic data from providers like 23andme, Ancestry, or My Heritage.

Who we help

Since launching our product in 2018, we have helped thousands of customers personalize their nutrition. Why do some people experience large increases in LDL when eating saturated fat, while others see little or no increase? These are the questions Gene Food is on a mission to help answer.

The future

The American public is bombarded every day with ever changing, and often conflicting, nutrition advice. While we do not believe genetics are the only factor in evaluating dietary choices, we do see genetics as a foundational tool to help people find lasting diet solutions. Personalized nutrition is the future, and we look forward to being a part of that future for many years to come.

Plans starting from $95

Diet type, meal plan, and many of the health reports, but their report is frozen in time – they don’t get new reports or genes as they are added, and they can’t toggle to the gene pages to see their status when logged in.

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Core Values

  • Security

    Our website and software are fully HIPAA compliant and SSL encrypted, and our genetics laboratory in San Diego is CLIA certified. We never sell or share your genetic data with third parties.
  • Science

    Gene Food operates with a simple, scientific first approach. We are constantly reviewing the latest peer reviewed scientific research to improve our algorithm.
  • Empathy

    We understand what it is like to be confused, tired and overwhelmed with mountains of competing nutrition advice. We are here to offer practical, science based solutions for people who don’t know what to eat and don’t know where to turn for help.
  • Inclusion

    Committed to diversity and inclusion. Our research process highlights often overlooked studies focusing on underrepresented communities, and this research is factored into our Science Grade scoring system.

Our Team

Dr. Aaron Gardner

Dr. Aaron Gardner

Lead Geneticist & Head of Research

Dr. Aaron Gardner holds a BSc in Genetics, a Masters of Research in Medical and Molecular Biosciences as well as a doctorate in immunology. He has worked in a variety of medical research laboratories including those at Durham University and Newcastle University in the UK and Columbia University in New York. His work has concentrated on understanding the genetic modulation of various fibrotic disorders. Through his clinical experience, Aaron became fascinated with the potential for targeted personalized medicine to stem the tide of disease. His work at Gene Food is an extension of that passion. At Gene Food, Aaron created the scoring system used for Custom Nutrition Plans as well as the Guide to Nutrigenomics.

Dr. Gina Leisching

Dr. Gina Leisching holds a BSc in Functional Human Biology, and Honours degree in Physiological Sciences, as well as a doctorate in human physiology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. At Gene Food, Dr. Gina uses her expertise to provide evidence-based pieces that readers may find helpful and informative.

Danielle Moore, MS


Danielle Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a graduate degree in Nutrition. Danielle has seen firsthand the healing power of personalized nutrition in her successful journey to overcome an autoimmune condition. At Gene Food, Danielle weighs in on the nutritional impacts of some of the work we’re doing.

Dr. Sandeep Grover


Working at Gene Food allows me to leverage my skills acquired during my Ph.D., focusing on the prioritization of genetic variants from genes encoding products of biological pathways and understanding how they indirectly influence the metabolism of biomolecules.

John O’Connor

Founder of GeneFood

John O’Connor is the founder of Gene Food, a nutrigenomic startup helping people all over the world personalize nutrition. John is the host of the Gene Food Podcast and a health coach trained at Duke’s Integrative Medicine Program.


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