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Ilknur Sur Erdem

Dr, Ph.D.

  • PI group: Prof Cecilia Lindgren

I hold a Bachelor's degree from Gazi University and a Master's degree from Yeditepe University (Master supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mustafa Culha). I studied at University of Hamburg as an erasmus student.

I completed my doctoral studies at University of Cologne. My doctoral studies were focused on the role of Nesprin-1 in DNA damage response pathway, which are determinants of genetic instability in cancer and age-associated diseases (Ph.D. supervisor, Prof.Dr. Angelika Anna Noegel).

My post-doctoral research at Koç University School of Medicine aimed to explore the mechanisms of radiotherapy resistance and provide the effective therapeutic strategies to overcome resistance of brain cancers (supervisors: Prof.Dr. Tugba Bagci-Onder and Prof.Dr. Ihsan Solaroglu).

I am the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Science Academy’s Young Scientist Award, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Return Repatriation (2232) and Career Development (3501) fellowships. Young Women Cancer Researcher Award is given by Molecular Cancer Research (MOKAD) Society, 8th Multidisciplinary Cancer Research Congress (15-17 January 2021). I have also teaching experience (2020-2021-Fall, Instructor-Lecturer, CAMM551-Special Topics in Key Experimental Techniques in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Koç University).

I start (July, 2021) my recent postdoctoral project working with Prof. Dr. Cecilia Lindgren at the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health.