Yurie received Ph.D. from Niigata University in Japan. She obtained D.D.S and board certified dentist of Japanese dental society of anesthesiology. She was interested in mechanism of axonal degeneration and regeneration through clinical experience of treatment for patients who got nerve injury, and joined Milbrandt lab to study it. Her research focuses on the cellular mechanism of neurodegenerative disease and mitochondrial function in neuron using animal disease model. Outside of lab, she enjoys yoga, running, and cooking.