Career of the Month: Medical Researcher!

THSC is holding its May Career Webinar on the Medical Researcher Webinar, featuring Dr. Nilüfer Esen-Bilgin, Dr. Ulaş Özkurede, and Dr. Yener Yeni! It will be held on 6-6-21 from 3-4 pm EST. The Zoom information as well as the bios of the speakers is below. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 6
3:00 PM EST
Public · Hosted by THSC
Online Event

Zoom Information:
Topic: Career of the Month: Medical Researcher
Time: Jun 6, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To join the meeting please click here.

Meeting ID: 958 6080 4565
Passcode: 975537

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Nilüfer Esen-Bilgin – I was born in Giresun, and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I graduated from Marmara University Medical School in Istanbul in 1990 and got specialty/Ph.D. degree in physiology at Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty. After I moved to USA, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, and then at the University of Michigan Medical School. Until recently, I have been working as a research associate at the Wayne State University, Department of Neurology. My research has focused on the innate immune response in various brain disease models. I have 31 original papers and 2 review articles published in peer-reviewed journals, in 17 of those I am the first author. I have also co-authored 4 chapters in 4 different books.

Dr. Ulas Özkurede – I majored in electrical and electronics engineering, and received a master’s degree in molecular biology and genetics at Bogazici University, Istanbul. For my PhD training, I joined the Miller Lab at the University of Michigan, where I studied long-lived mice to assess the role of mitochondrial maintenance on delaying detrimental consequences of aging. We found that long-lived mice had an improved capacity to respond to mitochondrial stress in vivo, and were able to maintain mitochondrial function after stress exposure at the cellular level. At the Salk Institute, we are currently investigating the long-term protective effects of transient mitochondrial disturbance, and the mechanisms underlying this adaptive response.

Dr. Yener Yeni – I received my bachelor’s in electrical and electronics engineering at Hacettepe University in 1991, and master’s in engineering sciences at Middle East Technical University in 1994, both in Ankara, Turkey. After receiving my PhD degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1998, I joined the Bone and Joint Center of Henry Ford Hospital for post-doctoral studies. I am a senior bioscientific staff and head of the biomechanics section at the Bone and Joint Center since 2003. My research is focused on osteoporosis and age-related bone fragility. My research is funded through several agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. I have published over 70 peer reviewed journal articles, 135 reviewed conference papers and 2 book chapters on various aspects of skeletal biomechanics and imaging. I have served on editorial boards of several journals including Bone and the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.