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Selin Tüzüner

Visiting Graduate

I am a master's student in Medical Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin and am currently completing my thesis with Dr Filipa Simões at IDRM. 

Our research investigates the role of macrophages in the regeneration of cardiac tissue after myocardial infarction. Macrophages are among the first immune cells to reach the heart after injury, and they contribute to both scar formation as a repair mechanism and tissue regeneration. 
We utilise the zebrafish as a model organism since it has the capability to regenerate its heart upon cardiac injury. To understand how the zebrafish heart repairs itself after injury, it is important to identify the regions of the zebrafish genome that are crucial for the regenerative capacities of the heart cells.
My project aims to characterise the heterogeneity of cardiac macrophages and to decipher the microenvironment of macrophages by utilising scRNAseq, scATACseq and spatial transcriptomics. 

Prior to joining the Simões group, I interned at the Diabetes Center of the University of California San Francisco and worked as a student assistant in a 3D Bioprinting startup (Cellbricks GmbH) during my studies. I completed my bachelor's degree in Biotechnology (BSc) at the Technical University of Berlin. 

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Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

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