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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.

Stephanie Michelson

Stephanie is a research intern at Juvena Therapeutics. She is one of five students from Danish Universities chosen to take part in the fellowship International Innovation Program (2iP). Through the program she will spend five months elucidating the mechanism of action of Juvena’s therapeutics by studying proteomics. Stephanie joined the Juvena Therapeutics team in August 2019.

Stephanie started her education at the University of Copenhagen where she studied her bachelors in Biology-biotechnology. Following her bachelors she continued with the same degree for her master’s with a specialization in applied enzymology. Outside of her studies Stephanie has dedicated her time to a non-profit student-led organization, Synapse Life Science Connect, in which she has helped bridge the gap between academia, research, industry and students. Stephanie’s curiosity and passion for biotechnology also encouraged her to be a part of her University’s iGEM team in they earned a gold medal, as well as being featured in Good Morning Denmark.

In Stephanie’s free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, take weekend trips to nearby national parks and go to the beach with her parents' dogs.

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