Our lab member, Cagdas Topcu, started his Ph.D. studies 17 October 2018 – Posted in: news – Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Our lab member, Çağdaş Topçu, started his Ph.D. studies in our project “Neurophysiological mapping and stimulation of the human brain for memory enhancement”. The studies will be in the field of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering at the Gdańsk University of Technology and will last from October 2018 until May 2021 (hopefully!). He was ranked with the highest scores in the qualifying interviews in the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics. His project is part of the First Team grant funded by the Foundation for Polish Science.

We are very proud that Cagdas was also recognized with one of the three prestigious InterScholar Alpha scholarships from the Gdańsk University of Technology.

Çağdaş comes into these doctoral studies with a rich background in bed-side clinical research in biomedical engineering. Between 2013 and 2015 he worked at Akdeniz University in his homeland Turkey as a research assistant on the neurorehabilitation of patients with arm and face transplantation, and with trauma patients using functional electrical stimulation of the muscle activity. He was putting his research into practice by working directly with full-face transplantation, arm transplantation, and arm replantation patients to support their rehabilitation process. Cagdas found that experience very fulfilling and rewarding.
After that, he went on to apply his skills and experience into clinical research in Europe. Between 2016 and 2018 he worked as an early stage researcher on a modeling and analysis project in complex oscillatory systems funded from the European Union, which explored cardiac phase response curve in health prognoses. This work was done at the Medical University of Graz in Austria, and at the University of Potsdam in Germany.We are very glad that Çağdaş chose to continue his career path in the neuroscience of memory and cognition as a member of our Brain and Mind Electrophysiology lab. His research focuses on mapping and targeting brain stimulation for memory enhancement in patients suffering from epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases. It is very exceptional to start doctoral studies already with such an expertise and several published results from his previous clinical research.

Watch out for more news about his upcoming results!