Vukasin Jovanovic is a postdoctoral fellow in the Stem Cell Translation Laboratory within the Division of Preclinical 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.