As a researcher and assistant professor at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, Gizem Donmez knows learning never stops. As a scientist, Gizem Donmez’s job is to continuously learn and ask questions in order to discover the ins and outs of age-related degenerative diseases of the brain.
Gizem Donmez’s research has led her to consider many aspect of aging brains. Recently, much of her focus has been on the role of sirtuins. Gizem Donmez describes sirtuins as molecules related to lifespan regulation. Gizem Donmez has spent many years studying molecular biology.
As an assistant professor of neuroscience at Tufts University, it is no surprise that Gizem Donmez knows her way around a microscope. She studied molecular biology and genetics at Middle East Technical University in Turkey. She then moved to Germany, where she completed her master’s of science in molecular biology and her PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.
Gizem Donmez has spent many years studying as much as possible about the molecules that create and affect life. While she is no longer a student, but is now an assistant professor, Gizem Donmez continues to learn. Each article she writes furthers her continuing studies in biology, aging, and disease.
Gizem Donmez encourages more students to go into fields related to science. While she had a natural talent and curiosity related to molecular biology, Gizem Donmez encourages all students, young and old, to research and pursue the areas of science that interest them. The work done by Gizem Donmez in her lab may one day lead to a breakthrough in developing a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Gizem Donmez has done much research in the area, and has written numerous science articles related to sirtuins and Alzheimer’s disease. Gizem Donmez was awarded the New Scholar Award in Aging in 2012.