Vukasin Jovanovic is a research fellow in the Stem Cell Translation Laboratory within NCATS' Division of Preclinical Innovation.
Before joining NCATS in May 2018, Jovanovic obtained his doctorate in physiology and cell biology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Previously, he had earned his Master of Science in medical biochemistry from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.
As a research fellow at NCATS, Jovanovic aims to optimize the protocols for neuronal differentiation of human induced pluripotent/embryonic stem cells and to translate his findings into a better understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. During his Ph.D. studies, he identified a novel genetic pathway controlling neurogenesis during the development of neural stem cells to midbrain dopaminergic neurons.