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Curriculum vitae Dr. Ali Ertürk

    • Date of Birth: September 28, 1980


    • 1998 - 2003 Bachelor of Science, Bilkent University, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ankara, Turkey
    • 2003 – 2008 Ph.D. study at Max–Planck–Institute of Neurobiology, as a student of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany
    • 2008 - 2009 Postdoctoral fellow at Max–Planck–Institute of Neurobiology
    • 2009 – 2014 Postdoctoral fellow at Genentech, South San Francisco, USA

Academic positions & appointments

    • Since July 2014: Independent Junior Group Leader, Institute for Stroke and Dementia (ISD) –LMU Munich, Germany

Awards & honors

    • 1998 - 2000: Young researcher fellowship by TUBITAK (Turkey Science And Technology Institute)
    • 1998–2003: Full education scholarship awarded by Bilkent University
    • 2004–2007: Received Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellowship from Marie Curie program of the EU as a member of “Nervous System Repair” research training network
    • 2009–2014: Postdoctoral program, Neuroscience department, Genentech Inc
    • 2014: ERA-Net grant

10 key publications

    • *Ertürk A, Wang Y and *Sheng M. (2014). Local pruning of sendrites and spines by caspase-3-dependent and proteasome-limited mechanisms. J of Neuroscience. *Co-corresponding author
    • Chen Y, Wang Y, Ertürk A, Kollap D, Jiang D, Weimer R, Kaminker J and Sheng M. Activity-induced Nr4a1 regulates spine density and distribution pattern of excitatory synapses in CA1 pyramidal neurons. Neuron (2014)
    • *Ertürk A, Lafkas D, Chalouni C. Imaging cleared intact biological samples at a cellular level by 3DISCO. Jove (2014). *Corresponding author
    • Sheng M and Ertürk A. (2014): Long-term depression – a cell biological view. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological sciences 369:20130138
    • *Ertürk A, and *Bradke F. (2013): High-resolution imaging of entire organs by 3-dimensional imaging of solvent cleared organs (3DISCO). Experimental Neurology 242, 57-64. (Cover of the special issue). *Co-corresponding author
    • *Ertürk A, Becker K, Jaehrling N, Mauch CP, Hojer CD, Egen J, et al. (2012): Three-dimensional imaging of solvent cleared organs using 3DISCO. Nature Protocols Oct 11;7(11):1983-95 (Cover article of the 2012 November Nature issue). *Corresponding author
    • Ertürk A, Mauch C.P., Hellal F., Forstner F., Keck T., Becker K., Jahrling N., Steffens H., Richter M., Hubener M., et al. (2012): Three-dimensional imaging of the unsectioned adult spinal cord to assess axon regeneration and glial responses after injury. Nature Medicine 18, 166-171. (Cover article of the 2012 January Nature Medicine issue)
    • Usher LC*, Johnstone A*, Ertürk A et al. (2010): A chemical screen identifies novel compounds that overcome glial–mediated inhibition of neuronal regeneration. J of Neuroscience
    • Ylera B*, Ertürk A*, Hellal F, Nadrigny F, Hurtado A, Tahirovic S, Oudega M, Kirchhoff F, Bradke F (2009): Chronically injured adult sensory axons in the CNS acquire regenerative competence following a lesion of their peripheral process. Current Biology. *Co-first author
    • Ertürk A, Hellal F, Enes J, Bradke F (2007): Disorganized microtubules underlie the formation of retraction bulbs and the failure of axonal regeneration. J of Neuroscience

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