Team member CV

Dilek Mercan, PhD

Postdoc

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.

Hobbies

Biking, singing

Positions

2022-present

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

2022-present

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

Education

2013-2021

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

2009-2011

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

2005-2009

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

2005-2009

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

Prizes/Awards

2021

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

2019

IITB travel grant for Neuroscience 2019, Chicago-USA

2016

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

2011

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

dilek.mercan@ukbonn.de

www.iiibonn.de

German Center of Neurodegenerative Diseases

DZNE, Venusberg Campus 1, 51237 Bonn, Germany

dilek.mercan@dzne.de

www.dzne.de