thach mai, PHD
Dr. Mai is a trained stem cell biologist and immunologist with a focus on the mechanisms of muscle degeneration and aging. Dr. Mai received his PhD in Molecular Biology and Immunology from UC Irvine. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the laboratory of Professor Helen Blau. During his fellowship, Dr. Mai used bioinformatics to develop a method to accurately map and quantify genomics data from multi-nucleated cells (heterokaryons) consisting of human and mouse gene transcripts to discover a novel transcription factor that drives reprogramming of fibroblasts to pluripotency. Self taught in AI with a strong passion for rapid biological discovery, Dr. Mai has developed deep learning models to identify muscle specific aging genotypes and generated a classifier that identifies the myogenic differentiation state of a cell during injury (manuscript in preparation). Dr. Mai has been awarded multiple fellowships including from the National Institute of Health (F32), has 3, 1st author publications including in Nature journals, and is co-author of 12 publications with 2 in review. Dr. Mai joined Juvena in September 2018 as a Stem Cell Biologist and Bioinformatician to lead the validation and discovery of the key rejuvenating protein factors in Juvena’s complex embryonic secretome cocktail and develop and improve our HTS platform for protein therapeutic discovery.
Joined the Juvena Team: September 24, 2018