Let me introduce myself! My name is Debbie Moon, and I am fascinated by the connections between genes, diet, and health. I want to share that passion with you so that you can learn how to apply genetics to your diet and lifestyle decisions.
My undergraduate degree is in engineering, and I have a master’s degree in biological sciences from Clemson University.
I’m combining an engineering mindset with a biological systems approach to ‘hacking’ your health. Over the years I have worked as a web developer, home educator, and high school STEM teacher. I’ve always been passionate about sharing science with people.
Investigating my genetic data from 23andMe ignited a real excitement for diving into the topic of genetics and health. Finally, everything clicked into place. Using the genetic data as a starting point, I figured out which food and supplements work for me — and why general nutritional advice generally stinks.
I started this website to share what I’m learning with others who are heading down this same path. I wanted to do it in a way that is freely accessible to everyone, without the biases inherent in selling a product line.
Every Genetic Lifehacks article is based on peer-reviewed studies and includes links to the references. This is important to me — sharing real science that is based on research, in a way that everyone can understand.
Genetics is still a new field of study, and your genetic data can’t tell you everything. Yet!
But a lot of exciting research has already shown us that we can learn quite a bit from our AncestryDNA or 23andMe data. Instead of just wandering in the dark about health topics, genetics right now is a flashlight to show us what is going on in our bodies.
I hope you will join me on this journey towards engineering your optimal health.
~Debbie Moon, MSc