Caghan Kizil

Caghan Kizil

Research Interest

Caghan Kizil, PhD, is a geneticist and neuroscientist, and Associate Professor of Neurological Sciences in the Department of Neurology and the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He received his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Germany and conducted his further studies in regenerative therapies and experimental neurology.

Dr. Kizil's research stands at the confluence of genetics, neuroscience, cell biology, neuroimmunology, biotechnology, and drug development. He is employing advanced research models for investigating Alzheimer's disease pathology, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the possibilities for brain repair. His contributions to science are evidenced by numerous publications in prestigious journals, and patents to his name. Among the many honors he has received are the Schaefer Research Scholar Award for Excellence in Human Physiology Research from Columbia University, Helmholtz Association President’s Initiative Awards in Germany, the Innovation to Application Award, finalist position for the Nature Spinoff Prize, and significant European Union research grants.

Beyond his research, Dr. Kizil is committed to academic service, community education, and advocacy, playing an active role in international scientific communities to promote scientific dialogue and cooperation. His efforts in public outreach are notable, with numerous media appearances and public lectures. Dr. Kizil is also a devoted mentor, guiding the next generation of scientists through supervision of students and engaging in direct teaching and professional development initiatives. His leadership extends to his role as a Faculty Advisory Committee member for the Columbia Global Center in Istanbul, highlighting his commitment to global scientific and educational advancement.

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