Gizem Donmez, PhD


Assistant Professor of Neuroscience



BS, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Middle East Technical University
MSc, Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
PhD, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Postdoctoral Training, MIT


Campus: Boston
Office: Arnold 711A
Laboratory: Arnold 711

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-3985
Lab Phone: 617-636-0951
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics


Research Synopsis

Aging is one of the most interesting phenomena in life that we know very little about. Aging increases susceptibility to a variety of diseases including neurodegeneration. The research in my lab focuses on the role of sirtuins in brain aging, different neurodegenerative diseases and the age-related conditions in brain. As being molecules related to lifespan regulation, survival and stress response, sirtuins definitely affect the pathways and molecular systems that go awry during aging and diseases in brain. My lab uses molecular and cell biology techniques, mouse genetics, biochemistry and proteomics. The results of these studies will have great potential to develop therapeutic applications to treat neurodegenerative diseases.


Lab Members

Jessica Ginsberg, MBS Student Send an e-mail
Lei Liu, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Andrew Mason, MBS Student Send an e-mail
Michael Shields, MBS Student Send an e-mail
Jennifer Shih, PhD Student in Neuroscience Send an e-mail Lab Research Page

Application for 2015 Admission


The deadline for PhD programs is December 15, 2014.