German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Ayse Ulusoy received her Bachelor and Master degrees in biology and animal physiology from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) in 2002. She then moved to Lund (Sweden) where she worked as a Marie Curie Ph.D. fellow as part of the European Unions research training network program. There, she gained expertise in developing animal models of neurodegeneration, particularly by designing and applying specific adeno-associated viral vectors in vivo to modulate disease-related gene expression in the dopaminergic system. She was awarded her PhD degree in Neurobiology in 2010 in Lund. Later, she worked together with Donato Di Monte at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Bonn (Germany) as a postdoctoral researcher, where she expanded her research to investigate Parkinson’s disease pathology beyond the nigrostriatal system. Particularly, she is interested in elucidating mechanisms by which a-synuclein-related pathology may spread throughout the brain and the peripheral nervous system. She is currently pursuing her research interests as a staff scientist at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Bonn.