2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Dean of Research
Mentor: Marius Wernig, Assistant Professor of Pathology

Issa Yousif is a rising junior. He is currently working in Dr. Wernig’s lab at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Issa is conducting research on age related neurodegenerative diseases via iN cells. Specifically, he is working on FoxO transcription factors, which, among other things, regulate neuronal stem cell maintenance and function. He hopes to elucidate the role of FoxO transcription factors in iN conversion from aging fibroblasts in hopes of providing a powerful tool for the modeling and study of neurodegenerative diseases.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

The Role of FoxO Transcription Factors in Neuronal Conversion from Aging Fibroblasts

Issa Yousif1, Henrik Ahlenius1, Marius Wernig1
[Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine1, Stanford University]