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Hanadie Yousef is a trained stem cell biologist and neurobiologist with a focus on the mechanisms of aging, with pending and issued patents, several publications, a BS from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a PhD from UC Berkeley, a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford School of Medicine, experience leading research teams, and has worked in R&D at Regeneron and Genentech.    Yousef began doing biomedical research at the age of 16, when she interned locally at a pharmaceutical company in New York where she grew up, Regeneron, to conduct research on gene therapy and cancer. It was at this time that Yousef fell in love with drug discovery and development and knew she wanted to dedicate the rest of her life to this pursuit. She skipped a grade and attended CMU to study chemistry and continue her passion in scientific research. She returned to Regeneron to continue her research during winter and summer internships for 5 years (2003-2008). During her undergraduate studies at CMU, Yousef did a research honors thesis in the Kaminski lab at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she elucidated molecular mechanisms driving idiopathic pulmonary lung fibrosis.    In graduate school in the Schaffer and Conboy labs at UC Berkeley (2008-2013), Dr. Yousef studied the role of adult stem cells in the biology of aging and developed methods for tissue rejuvenation in brain and muscle. She published 4 first-author papers, a research perspective,and has an issued patent and a patent application based on her discoveries.
 
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HANADIE YOUSEF, PHD
ceo and co-founder

HANADIE YOUSEF, PHD
ceo and co-founder

CEO Hanadie Yousef is a trained stem cell biologist and neurobiologist with a focus on the mechanisms of aging, with multiple issued and pending patents and several publications on methods for tissue rejuvenation during the last 17 years conducting research in numerous prestigious institutions.

Dr. Yousef earned a BS in chemistry with a minor in Spanish from Carnegie Mellon University, a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, a 4.5-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford School of Medicine in Neurology, and has worked in R&D at Regeneron and Genentech. In 2017, Dr. Yousef co-founded Juvena Therapeutics, Inc., to pursue her dream to build a revolutionary biopharmaceutical company that develops new medicines to promote tissue regeneration and increase healthspan in the elderly.

In graduate school in the Schaffer and Conboy labs at UCB, Dr. Yousef studied the role of adult stem cells in the biology of aging and developed methods for tissue rejuvenation in brain and muscle (4, 1st author publications, 2 issued patents, NSF Fellowship). In the Wyss-Coray lab at Stanford, Dr. Yousef elucidated molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to both a decline in brain function with aging and the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, with a focus on understanding the interactions between aged blood and the blood-brain barrier (1st author publication in Nature Medicine, 1 co-first in review, 1 pending patent; NIH F32 Fellowship, SPARK scholar and grant recipient).

When not actively pursuing her passion for understanding and treating age-related diseases, Yousef rejuvenates her mind and body with long trail runs in nature, traveling and making new friends while learning about and appreciating diverse cultures and history, and relaxing with her close friends and family in the Bay Area, her native New York, and around the globe.