ErturkLab – Acute Brain Injury
Dear visitors, here is a short story of the PI, of me. I am from Turkey, no surprise there :). I obtained my undergraduate degree from the Bilkent University in Ankara (Turkey) in 2003. Then I moved to Munich for my Ph.D. work at the Max-Planck-Insitute of Neurobiology, where I worked on axon degeneration and regeneration in the spinal cord using in vivo imaging and tissue clearing methods. In 2009 I moved to San Francisco for my postdoctoral studies at Genentech, where I worked on non-apoptotic caspase-3 actions in spine degeneration, traumatic brain injury and whole brain tissue clearing to assess neurodegeneration. Besides chasing breakthrough science with my amazing team, I enjoy sports, photography and cooking.
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I was born and raised in Northern part of India. I did my Bachelors’ degree in Biology from Punjabi University, Patiala. Afterwards, I moved to Dehradun (capital city in state of Uttarakhand, near the Himalayan foothills) to pursue Masters in Biotechnology. After the successful completion of Masters Studies, I joined Albert-Ludwigs University at Freiburg, Germany to pursue PhD in Biology. During this time I studied the role of antioxidant molecules (synthetic and natural) in regulating microglia driven inflammatory mediators under in vitro settings. Then I moved to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA as a postdoctoral fellow. During this period I focused on how dietary manipulations during gestational period impact the synaptic plasticity (Brain and Spinal cord) and behavior of animals, later during adulthood. Thereafter, I worked as Research Associate at University Clinic, Freiburg where I focused on the implication of epigenetic factors (Diet, miRNAs, HDACs) in regulating microglial function in context of exaggerated neuroinflammation. I joined e-Lab in December, 2017 to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms of chronic neuroinflammation associated neurodegeneration, an area which intrigue me the most. In my spare time I love to watch/Play Cricket, driving nice cars, cooking Indian cuisine and singing Bollywood songs.
I was born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I attended elementary and high school. I obtained my Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Biology and Chemistry from University of Split in Croatia. In my master's thesis the biochemical study was performed on the first module of tyrocidine synthetase, tyrocidine synthetase 1 (TycA), after three single point TycA protein variants were constructed. Tyrocidine synthetase belongs to the group of nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) and the product of its activity is antibiotic tyrocidine. I also worked as a biology and chemistry teacher. Besides doing and teaching science I enjoy hiking, weightlifting, good music, movies and meeting new people.
I was born in China but I grew up in Italy, and here I obtained my Bachelor and Master degree in Biotechnologies from the University of Milan-Bicocca. During my last year of Master I also spent 4 months of internship at the University of Oxford. Now I'm doing my PhD studies in Munich. My interests are: travelling, pre-contemporary art, yoga, movies, astronomy.
I am from Berlin, Germany and studied biology there at the Freie Universität. From 2008 to 2012 I completed my PhD work on glycine receptors, GABA receptors and gephyrin-splicing in temporal lobe epilepsy at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin and stayed there as a PostDoc until 2013 investigating non-canonical glycine receptor function in brain tumors. From 2013 to 2016 I worked on the role of glycine receptors in alcoholism at the Universidad de Concepción in Chile, before I joined the in 2017. Outside of science I also enjoy kung-fu, basketball, cooking, travelling, movies, art and writing.
I am from Vienna. For my BSc and MSc degree I studied Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences. Afterwards, I did my PhD at the Medical University of Vienna. During that time, I worked at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Cancer Research, where I focused on the role of JAK-STAT signaling in adipose tissue and how it influences whole body energy metabolism. I moved to Munich to pursue a Postdoc at the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer (Helmholtz Zentrum München), where I am working on a co-project with the Ertürk Lab. Apart from science, I really enjoy going to concerts, travelling and watching good movies.
I come from Punjab (The land of five Rivers), in Northern India. I obtained my bachelor degree from Punjabi University, Patiala, focusing on chemistry and biology as main subjects. I continued my studies at Punjabi University and obtained master degree in Chemistry (specialization: Physical Chemistry). My interest in science took me to Thapar Institute for Engineering and Technology, India, where I did my Ph.D. in material sciences. During my doctoral degree, I focused on synthesizing, characterizing and correlating the photocatalytic activities of coinage metal nanoparticles, NPs (Au, Ag and Cu) for the improvement of reaction systems (metal-semiconductor) as a function of NPs morphology. Afterwards, I joined University of Freiburg, Germany as a Postdoc and worked on the strategies to fabricate stable and cost effective, metal oxide nanostructures through atomic layer deposition technique. The synthesis and visualization of various shapes and sizes of NPs, their interaction with light (light-matter interaction), their characteristic behaviour, and difference in their growth kinetics always motivated me. This is one of the reason I have joined Dr. Ertürk’s lab to visualize neurons as well as whole body organs and their functioning through various microscopic techniques. Besides Science, I love to do yoga, meditation, gardening, painting, and cooking.
I am from Istanbul, where I got my bachelors degree on Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering with a minor in Psychology from Sabanci University. During my studies there I worked on CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technique with a grant I got from TUBITAK. I had the opportunity to join world renowned labs around the world with various scholarships, including e-lab with Amgen Scholars Program during summer 2016. Before I graduated I went to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for an exchange semester and traveled to a diversity of countries having the time of my life. Then I started my master’s program on Cognitive Neuroscience at the Donders Institute in Radboud University, The Netherlands. I will be in e-lab doing research for my thesis on identifying novel cellular mechanisms underlying stroke in association with chronic inflammation starting from september 2018. I am passionate about learning about life and brain as well as traveling, reading, going to concerts and doing yoga.
I am from Turkey. I obtained my Bachelor degree in Izmir Institute of Technology on Molecular Biology and Genetics and my Master degree in Akdeniz University on Reproductive Biology. While my Bachelor´s degree I spent 3 months in Katholic University of Leuven in Neurogenetics Laboratory as an intern. During my Master´s degree I focused on the effects of human trophoblast progenitor cell treatment on angiogenesis and neurogenesis after focal cerebral ischemia using rats. In 2017, I earned PhD scholarship within the scope of "Human brain and neuroscience" and I started my PhD in ISD-LMU in August, 2018. In addition to my passion on science, I love watching movies, basketball games, cooking, hiking, listening music and oil-painting.
Hi, I am currently completing my Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (TUM) in collaboration with the Ertürk Lab and Bjoern Menze’s Chair for Image-Based Biomedical Modeling (IBBM). My research and interest surround Deep Learning and Computer Vision and their application to medical and biological data analysis. I obtained a B.Sc. degree in Engineering Science from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Besides, I studied in India at the IIT Bombay and currently pursue a degree in Politics & Technology part-time. Previously I gained research experience in a very different field, together with Jia Chen (TUM) and Steven Wofsy (Harvard) I worked on satellite based remote sensing and data analysis.
I am from China and I started my PhD project in ISD-LMU since November, 2014. Currently, my project is focusing on traumatic brain injury (TBI) induced long-term alterations in neuronal network and the mechanisms leading to subsequent neurological disorders. I achieved a B.S. in Biotechnology and a M.S. in Developmental Biology from Lanzhou University (LZU), China. Besides scientific research, my interests are movies, music, traveling and reading.
I was born in Germany and moved to the Netherlands for my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. After that, I lived in Glasgow where I did a research internship for 6 months and developed a strong interest for microscopy. I decided to move back to the Netherlands to obtain my Master’s degree at Utrecht University where my focus lies on Cancer and Stem Cell Biology. From April 2018 onwards, I will join the Ertürk lab to write my Master thesis and specialize in 3D imaging. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, yoga, cooking and travelling the world.
I was born and raised in a small town south of Munich and have decided to stay in Munich ever since. I obtained a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from TUM. In a junior year abroad at Harvard/MIT and two research stays at Oxford I gained in-depth experience in neuroscience and machine learning approaches to information processing. After working as a business consultant for a few years I started my PhD in 2018 with Bjoern Menze’s Image-Based Biomedical Modeling Group (http://campar.in.tum.de/Chair/ResearchIBBM), for which I work together with the Ertürk lab in order to apply deep learning approaches to 3D microscopy data. I truly enjoy going snowboarding in the alps, travelling the world, and cooking, especially if I get to try out new and exotic recipes.
I was born and raised in Concepción, Chile. I obtained my Biochemistry diploma in 2010 and started my PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2011 until 2016, both in the Universidad de Concepción, focusing mainly in axon guidance molecules expressed in the pretectal region and their role during posterior commissure formation using chick embryos as study model. Afterwards, I did a postdoc in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, focusing in vascular and hematopoietic development in zebrafish. During this time, I also studied rprm genes in the formation of the olfactory system during early developmental stages and throughout specification of OSN. I am really interested in CNS development and the molecular programs that regulate early cell fate and specification and their impact in neuroanatomical architecture. Besides Science I love to cook, dance, travel and spend time with my dog.
I was born in Bulgaria and I grew up in Hungary. I obtained my Bachelor and Master degree as a Biologist (specialsation in Neuroscience and Human Biology) from the Eotvos Lorand University. My research focus was in vivo rodent visual and in vitro electrophysiological measurments, single-cell PCR, patch-clamp and batch data analysis using several scripting languages. Now I'm doing my PhD studies in Munich. My interests are: travelling, electronics, and hiking.
I was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where I obtained my diploma in translation studies. In 2012 I moved to Munich, where I pursued a career in media industry. After a while, I realised it was time for a change and I joined the ErturkLab as a Team Assistant. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, yoga, reading, and watching good movies and series.
I was born and grew up in China. I got my Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Engineering & Technology and my Master in Applied Chemistry from Beijing Institute of Technology. Then, I worked in Tsinghua University and Peking University to study Tissue Engineering and Bioactive Small Molecules, respectively. I started my PhD study in e-lab since Feb. 2017. In my spare time, I like traveling, painting and doing some sports, like swimming, running, badminton.
The Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD) located in the biomedical science campus, is a member of the DFG-funded “Synergy” Cluster of Excellence with various institutions in Munich. We are working on collaborative projects and share all resources, hence it is an excellent basic and translational research environment. ISD is also a part of the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN) in Munich, which educates top-quality Master and Ph.D. students from all over Europe and the world and will give you the opportunity to integrate into this program and work with highly qualified international coworkers. Our lab at the ISD has a state-of the art infrastructure including: brand new fully equipped lab and offices, a state-of-the-art animal facility that is fully equipped with surgery rooms, a recently purchased in-house a Zeiss 2-photon microscope, a Zeiss 880 with AirScan confocal microscope, a Lavision Biotec light-sheet microscope, a behavioral test unit, a large surgery room and a post-operative care unit, FACS machine (BD, Verse), a new PALM Microbeam 4.0 laser micro-dissection microscope, and epifluorescence microscopes. Hence, we offer an interactive and inspiring atmosphere, ideal for our researchers to publish in top-tier journals and develop their career at best. We have a strong international scientific network and thus frequently host guest lecturers and maintain international collaborations. Located in the heart of Europe, Munich offers one of the highest quality-of-living (the 4th best city to live in the world according to The Guardian, 2016).
Our group explores critical cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases, in particular brain injury. To this end, we map the mouse brain using various cutting-edge techniques to assess brain function and structure including in vivo 2-photon imaging, optogenetics, high resolution 3D imaging of the entire brain -that we developed (Nature Medicine Erturk et al. 2012, Nature Protocols Erturk et al. 2012, Nature Methods Pan et al., 2016), and rabies virus tracing of neuronal networks.
- extremely curious about basic science and carry a great interest to make breakthroughs
- always looking for solutions to turn great ideas and opportunities into actions
- always willing to learn, and have the courage to ask questions when you don’t know
- open to express your opinions and receive feedbacks / critics
- a team player and willing to work in a collaborative environment to share ideas and experiences
- willing to be part of a diverse team to make a dent in the universe
We always welcome ambitious applicants (postdoctoral and Ph.D. level), who would like to join our team. If have extensive background in one of the following fields, please do not hesitate to send us your application:
• Artificial intelligence- in computer vision and deep learning
• Nanotechnology- nano-robots as the new generation CNS drugs
• Molecular biology and genetic engineering using CRISPR/Cas9 for gene-therapy
• Physics- building up advance light-sheet microscopy imaging systems
Please email us your complete application documents (including CV, motivation letter, and contact info of at least 3 referees) as pdf to: Ali.Ertuerk@med.uni-muenchen.de