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Longhorns Make the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Science

Longhorns Make the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Science

An astrophysicist writer, a new assistant professor and an entrepreneur seeking to address the challenges of aging are among the latest additions to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list with University of Texas at Austin ties.

The annual prestigious listing of "30 under 30" lifts up the stories of young, entrepreneurial thinkers in a wide range of categories, including science.

This year's list gave top billing to Celine Halioua (B.S.A. Neuroscience, '17), who founded the San Francisco-based company Loyal. Her biotech firm aims to be the first to deliver to market an approved anti-aging drug, and her novel approach is to begin first with delivering experimental success in the veterinary space. According to Forbes:

Her first anti-aging drug entering clinical trials next year targets a cellular mechanism hypothesized to mitigate mental and physical decline associated with age. The pre-revenue company has raised over $38 million in venture capital. "There's never been a drug approved for aging for any species, dog or human," she says. "My core goal in life is to get the first drug approved."

William Gilpin, incoming assistant professor of physics, is among the 2022 30 under 30 in science, as well. As noted in Austonia,

University of Texas' incoming physics professor William Gilpin knows how to find beauty—and practicality—in chaos. Using "chaos theory to understand biological complexity," Gilpin, who was inspired by ocean waves and fluids, has revolutionized a machine learning technique for neuroscience recordings. … [including with] methods that have helped analyze fitness trackers and predict prices of stocks and ponds.

Sarafina Nance (B.S. Physics, B.S. Astronomy, '16) is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley and a published author. She leverages her expertise in the cosmos and its supernovae to connect with others, including through her children's book about astronomy and the web series, Constellations. The Alcalde interviewed her in May in advance of the publication of her memoir, due out next year. It traces in part the early roots of her passion for astrophysics "because of the perspective it offers us…How small we are, and how little our day-to-day matters in the context of the universe."

In addition to the honorees linked to UT's College of Natural Sciences, other alumni also received 2022 recognition on Forbes' 30 under 30 lists this year, including Winston Tri, Topher Haddad and Jacob George, all graduates of the Cockrell School of Engineering.

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