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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.
 
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Tara paglino, MS Bioinformatics Analyst

Tara joined Juvena Therapeutics in August 2018 as an intern to complete her Masters thesis, joining full time in January 2019.  At Juvena Therapeutics, Tara develops R pipelines for high-throughput screening and a therapeutic protein library database. She also develops data visualization application interfaces for high-throughput statistical modeling, quantification and image analysis. Tara assists in several bioinformatics, ML and DL projects to improve our predictive capabilities in discovering and developing new therapeutics that promote tissue regeneration.

Tara started growing her bioinformatics skills in the Nadeau Lab, part of the Sean N. Parker Centers at Stanford University in the department of Medicine. Tara was involved in many immunologic studies, including one that mapped transcriptional data to phenotypes of discordant asthmatic twins (publication pending). She then received her Masters in Bioinformatics from Northeastern University, where she created a classifier to help diagnose Clonal Hematopoiesis using genomic and clinical data through neural network and SVM models.

Tara also enjoys graphic design and data visualization. When she’s not analyzing biological data, she enjoys blogging about health and nutrition, painting and hanging out with her dog Ruby.





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