Team member CV

Dilek Mercan, PhD


Michael Heneka Lab

Bio Summary

Dilek Mercan received a dual Bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University in Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics. She completed her Master of Science degree at Yeditepe University in Turkey. She obtained her PhD degree in October 2021 at Bonn University in the lab of Prof. Dr. Michael Heneka on the topic “In vivo Imaging Applications in Alzheimer’s Disease Models”. During her PhD, she focused on how Locus Coeruleus derived norepinephrine-driven changes influence neuronal network function and microglial dynamics. In addition, she also investigated the effects of systemic inflammation on microglia in the context of aging and Alzheimer’s disease. She is interested in neuroinflammatory mechanisms affecting neuronal network activity, synaptic plasticity and microglia function in the context of Alzheimer‘s disease. She has a strong interest in optogenetics and in vivo imaging techniques such as two photon microscopy (calcium, dendritic spine and microglia imaging), which she has established in Heneka Lab. Dilek Mercan is working as a postdoc in the lab of Prof. Dr. Michael Heneka at the University Hospital Bonn and German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.


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Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Innate Immunity, University of Bonn, Germany


Postdoctoral researcher, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Bonn, Germany



PhD Degree, Bonn University, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Bonn-Germany


Master of Science Degree, Yeditepe University, Department of Genetics and Bioengineering, Istanbul-Turkey


Bachelor`s Degree, Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul-Turkey


Bachelor`s Degree, Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Istanbul-Turkey



Keystone eSymposia registration scholarship for Neurodegenerative Diseases: Genes, Mechanisms and Therapeutics


IITB travel grant for Neuroscience 2019, Chicago-USA


SFB 1089 Travel Grant for Neuroinflammation School 2016, Conil de la Frontera-Spain


Poster Award: D. Mercan, M.E. Yalvac, A.Rizvanov, F. Sahin; Effect of Pluronic F68 Combined Stem Cell Conditioned Medium on Amyloid-β (Aβ) 1-42 Induced Neurotoxicity, 1st Annual Congress on Stem Cell Research (with International Participation), 28.09-2.10. 2011, Sapanca-Turkey

Laboratory addresses

Institute of Innate Immunity

University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany

German Center of Neurodegenerative Diseases

DZNE, Venusberg Campus 1, 51237 Bonn, Germany