Gizem Donmezis familiar with many of the roles she plays as a researcher and scientist today. In the fall of 2011, Gizem Donmez was hired as an assistant professor at Department of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her role is researching age-related neurodegenerative diseases. For the past several years, Gizem Donmez’s work has focused on the role of sirtuins as they relate to neurodegenerative diseases in higher organisms such as mammals.
Gizem Donmez is not native to Massachusetts or the United States. Originally, Gizem Donmez started her career as a student in Turkey. She only spent her undergraduate years in Turkey before completing her master’s and PhD in molecular biology in Germany. However, as a scientist in Massachusetts, Gizem Donmez was invited to participate in the Science and Engineering Diaspora Engagement in February of 2013. The engagement was held by NODES, which is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.
Gizem Donmez attended the event in February because it supports a network of experts who all originate from countries or regions outside the United States. The event builds partnerships and cooperation across the countries which participants are from.
In June of 2013, Gizem Donmez attended and participated in the Targeting Parkinson’s Disease Symposium. Gizem Donmez gave a short presentation at the symposium regarding her own work in relation to sirtuins and their relation to neurodegenerative diseases. The conference was held to discuss both the disease and the unmet need for Parkinson’s treatment.
Gizem Donmez attended both functions in 2013 as a result of her growing recognition and professional role as a researcher. Her knowledge and expertise is recognized by various government organizations and the scientific community. Between 2012 and 2013, Gizem Donmez has eight published articles about her research.