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John O’Connor

John O’Connor – Founder

John O’Connor is the Founder of Gene Food and host of the Gene Food Podcast. Like many who make their way into the wellness world, John was inspired to create a platform that could empower people to find personalized health solutions after he realized his health and dietary needs didn’t fit the template offered by conventional nutrition and medicine.

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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.

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Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore – Nutritionist

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.

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Leigh Matthews

Leigh Matthews – Features Writer, Nutritional Therapist, Researcher

Leigh Matthews holds a degree in Nutritional Therapy from the University of West London in the UK. She has been working as a medical writer since 2010 and in the natural health industry since 2006 and is the author of Eat to Beat Acne: how a plant-based diet can help heal your skin, as well as four novels. At Gene Food, Leigh is a features writer and indispensable member of the research team.

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Dr. Dan Deakter, MD

Dr. Dan Deakter, MD – Medical Advisor

Dr. Dan Deakter, MD, holds a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He trained in General Surgery at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine in NYC and is an ABEM certified Emergency Physician. His current medical practice is focused on improving health span and longevity for his patients. Dr. Dan brings 43 years of medical experience to the Gene Food team where he advises on product developments and editorial decisions.

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Ned – Official Mascot

Ned O’Connor is an Australian Labradoodle and the official Gene Food mascot. Ned’s nutritional awakening began upon realizing he couldn’t tolerate poultry or beef based dog food. Making the switch to kibble made with fish as well as adding venison and sweet potato resolved Ned’s digestive issues and made him a believer in the personalized health revolution. When he’s not at work, Ned enjoys counter surfing, playing with tennis balls and napping on cool tile floors.

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