Early Stage Researcher

Ümit Özorhan
My project:
10 | Brain macrophages in the remodelling of microvessels
Ümit Özorhan
Host Organisation:
Institute for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology , University of Lübeck, Germany

What is your project/research about? What would you like to find out?

My project is by using the conditional Incontinentia Pigmenti (IP) mice model and microglia deprivation to investigate the role of brain macrophages in the remodeling microvessels. We want to show the interaction between brain macrophages and endothelial cells in angiogenesis to increase our understanding of brain macrophages especially in cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD).

Why did you apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN and especially this project?

Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN offers a tremendous opportunity to early researchers to gain irreplaceable experiences in both science and industry and help to form a network from both early researchers and experienced PIs. It’s also the perfect opportunity to create a common ground from different backgrounds under the same roof.

I applied to this Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project for these opportunities met with my research interest as well as the project itself is quite interesting. I am believing investigate the role of brain macrophages in the remodeling microvessels could be helpful to both clinicians and patients in the long term to cope with CSVD.

What is so fascinating for you on research in general?

Researching, investigating the unknown is always mysterious and fascinating. Science itself gains its driving forces from these curiosities. Scientists somehow are detectives of science to reveal mysteries of life and life-related problems. I am fascinated by these facts, as an early-stage researcher, we are the newly assigned rookie detectives to the most difficult case in the world; revealing life’s mysteries.

What do you do in your free time? Do you have special interests/hobbies?

I like to do a reading, traveling in addition I love biking and fencing. Moreover, I also play video games in my free time.

What are your plans for your future? Where/what you will be in 5 years?

My grand plan is being a great scientist. For that reason, I am seeing myself in a lab to work on research.

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