Vukasin Jovanovic is a postdoctoral fellow in the Stem Cell Translation Laboratory within the Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation at NCATS. Before joining NCATS in May 2018, Jovanovic obtained his Ph.D. in physiology and cell biology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Previously, he had earned his M.Sc. in medical biochemistry from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.
As a postdoctoral 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.