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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.

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


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