Marcel Daadi, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Southwest National Primate Research Center, Texas Biomed. His lab combines stem cell biology and translational research, including disease modeling in vitro and in pre-clinical models, modern neuroimaging techniques and interventional MRI aimed at understanding the mechanisms regulating neural stem cell function and developing effective therapeutic approaches. Dr. Daadi received his PhD in Neurosciences from Universite de la Mediterranee, Aix-Marseille II, Marseille, France, and post-doctoral training at the University of Calgary, Medical School, Canada. He discovered a novel method to generate dopaminergic neurons from neural stem cells for applications in Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Daadi has held scientist and faculty positions at Layton BioSciences, University of South Florida, University of California San Francisco and Stanford University. His efforts are currently focused on developing better treatments for people with Parkinson’s disease and on patient-derived organoid models examining novel pathways in neurodegeneration.