Andrew S. Yoo, PhD
Andrew S. Yoo, PhD, assistant professor of developmental biology, is honored for his commitment to the development of highly innovative research. Yoo is best known for creating a research program that will have a lasting impact on neurodegenerative disease modeling, which enables mechanistic studies of human neurons.
Yoo’s outstanding research program focuses on defining the genetic and epigenetic pathways that regulate cellular, and particularly neuronal differentiation. His laboratory pioneered approaches to generate specific human central neurons by direct reprogramming of human fibroblasts and demonstrated that the neurons generated retain the age-dependent epigenetic signatures of the patient-specific fibroblasts from which they were derived.
Yoo has been honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers — given by the White House as the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. He also has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award and the Ellison Medical Foundation’s New Scholar in Aging Award.
Yoo earned his bachelor’s degree from McGill University in 1995, his master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and his doctoral degree in 2005 at Columbia University. He completed postgraduate training at Stanford University and joined the Washington University faculty in 2011.