Retro Biosciences

A full member of Woolf, a Higher Education Institution in Europe.

Accreditation:

Retro Biosciences is dedicated to advancing the science of aging to enhance human health and longevity. Our mission is to unravel the mechanisms of aging, addressing the root causes of age-related diseases that contribute to healthcare challenges globally. By employing innovative methods such as single-cell multi-omics, pooled perturbations, and targeted delivery systems, we focus on understanding and intervening directly in cellular drivers of aging. Our students engage in research that spans diverse areas, including cellular reprogramming, plasma-inspired therapeutics, and autophagy, with programs strategically diversified across mechanisms and development stages. At Retro, we value a collaborative and mission-driven team culture, emphasizing kindness, authenticity, rigor, and rapid iteration. Founded by Joe Betts-LaCroix, Sheng Ding, and Matt Buckley, Retro Biosciences offers a dynamic and inclusive environment for scientists seeking to make a significant impact on the future of aging research and therapeutics.

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural, Mathematical, and Computational Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural, Mathematical, and Computational Sciences

Dean

Ieva Veya

Trained in psychology, my work experience has been in Project and Operations management, specifically in onboarding complex R&D workflows. Before joining Retro I worked at Airbus R&D division (Acubed) where I wore a lot of different hats and learned that the more challenging the problem I have to solve, the more energy I feel.



In my previous role at Retro, I built Retro’s ops org from scratch. This phase was immensely rewarding, not just for the complexity but for the profound sense of purpose it imbued. Now, as an Attaché, I continue to apply my passion for challenging problem-solving and operational excellence. Embracing each new challenge with enthusiasm, I am inspired by the endless possibilities of growth.

Academic board members

Mahmoud Dabbah

Throughout my academic journey, spanning graduate school to postdoctoral training, I've dedicated my focus to unraveling the dynamics of bone marrow in development and hematological diseases. In my PhD, I delved into the interplay between the bone marrow niche and multiple myeloma cells, revealing a biomarker in secreted microvesicles crucial for disease progression. Post-PhD, at the McKinney Freeman Lab in St Jude Children's Research Hospital, my research expanded to understanding how the bone marrow niche impacts hematopoietic stem cells in sickle cell disease and developmental stages. Now a Staff Scientist at Retro Bio, I'm committed to rejuvenating aging and extending lifespan, driven by boundless motivation and enthusiasm for advancing human health understanding.

Anastasia Shindyapina

Currently serving as a Staff Scientist at Retro BioSciences, I am an accomplished Postdoctoral Researcher with a rich history in the higher education sector, particularly at Harvard Medical School. Proficient in statistical analysis, specializing in genomic and transcriptomic data, my expertise also encompasses animal research in aging and cancer, along with adept project management skills. Armed with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and a Master's in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics from Lomonosov Moscow University, I bring a strong research background to my role.

Faculty, Instructors and Professional Experts

Mahmoud Dabbah

Throughout my academic journey, spanning graduate school to postdoctoral training, I've dedicated my focus to unraveling the dynamics of bone marrow in development and hematological diseases. In my PhD, I delved into the interplay between the bone marrow niche and multiple myeloma cells, revealing a biomarker in secreted microvesicles crucial for disease progression. Post-PhD, at the McKinney Freeman Lab in St Jude Children's Research Hospital, my research expanded to understanding how the bone marrow niche impacts hematopoietic stem cells in sickle cell disease and developmental stages. Now a Staff Scientist at Retro Bio, I'm committed to rejuvenating aging and extending lifespan, driven by boundless motivation and enthusiasm for advancing human health understanding.

Anastasia Shindyapina

Currently serving as a Staff Scientist at Retro BioSciences, I am an accomplished Postdoctoral Researcher with a rich history in the higher education sector, particularly at Harvard Medical School. Proficient in statistical analysis, specializing in genomic and transcriptomic data, my expertise also encompasses animal research in aging and cancer, along with adept project management skills. Armed with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and a Master's in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics from Lomonosov Moscow University, I bring a strong research background to my role.