Dr. Tugrul Ozdemir grew up in Ankara and studied molecular biology, genetics and psychology at Bilkent University and at the University of California, Davis. During his undergraduate studies, he volunteered at an autism training centre in Beijing, interned to study genes controlling retina development in fruit fly larvae at KU Leuven, explore translational regulation mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity at Stanford University and characterise in vivo recorded and labelled medial septal cells at the University of Oxford. He carried out his Ph.D. in the group of Prof. Thomas Klausberger at the Medical University of Vienna, where he studied divergent cellular and network dynamics in the prefrontal cortex underlying working memory and cognitive flexibility. In April 2019, he joined the group of Prof. Peter Somogyi as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Oxford, and his current research is funded by the European Research Council and Wellcome Trust.
At Oxford, his research seeks to identify neuronal mechanisms underlying the loss of the awareness of both time and space in neurodegenerative diseases. Combining in vivo single cell and multi-unit electrophysiology with novel single cell RNA sequencing methods, he aims to establish a comprehensive characterisation of the brain cell types.