HANADIE YOUSEF, PHD
ceo and co-founder
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, Regeneron, in New York where she grew up. There she conducted 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 (2 co-authorships and an invention disclosure).
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 inducing tissue regeneration 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. During the last year of her graduate studies (2013), Yousef did a summer internship at Genentech in the neurodegeneration group of R&D, where she studied inflammatory mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration.
As a postdoctoral fellow in the Wyss-Coray lab at Stanford, 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 the interactions between aged blood and the blood-brain barrier. She has a paper in revision in Nature Medicine, co-authorship manuscripts in review, a patent application, and a Stanford SPARK grant to translate her discoveries to the clinic.
Yousef has a strong passion for teaching and mentorship. During the first two years of her postdoc, Yousef designed and taught a postgraduate course on Drug Discovery at UCSC required for the biotechnology certificate program. Yousef has advised many undergraduate students during her graduate and postdoctoral research training, including 3 who received honors theses under her tutelage.
Hanadie Yousef earned her BS in Chemistry with honors and a minor in Spanish from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2008 and went on to obtain a Phd in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. In 2014 she began a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurology department at Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2017 she co-founded Juvena Therapeutics, Inc., in order to pursue her dream of creating new medicines to increase healthspan and tissue regeneration in the elderly.
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.