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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.

Taylor merkel
graduate researcH Intern

Taylor is a graduate research intern at Juvena Therapeutics, where she works on optimizing and validating proteomics pipelines to study mechanisms of action of Juvena Therapeutics’ lead pipeline of pro-regenerative biologics during the preclinical development phase. She first joined Juvena Therapeutics in June of 2018 as one of its first team members and spent a summer creating foundational high-throughput protein purification workflows. She continued on part-time as she finished her last year at Stanford, and has returned in 2019 as a graduate research intern preceding the start of her Master’s program.  

Originally from Chicago, Taylor moved to the Bay Area to study biology at Stanford. She graduated with a bachelor’s of science in 2019 and is currently completing a master’s in bioengineering also at Stanford with the support of a scholarship, with a concentration in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. During her first two years of undergrad, she worked with Dr. Yousef in the Wyss-Coray laboratory to study the role of VCAM1 in brain aging and neuroinflammation and co-authored their paper published in May 2019 in Nature Medicine. Throughout the rest of her Stanford career, she’s enjoyed undertaking coursework and projects in synthetic biology, optogenetics, biodesign, and wound healing.

Outside of the lab, Taylor enjoys bouldering, watching bad movies, and scouring the internet for cheap flights.