Meet the Faculty

Ilker Ozden, Ph.D.

Ilker Ozden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
  • Phone: 573-884-3686
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  • Address: 240 Agricultural Engineering Building


  • Ph.D. in Physics, Brown University
  • B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and in Physics, Bogazici University

Research Summary

Ozden's research focus on understanding (1) the interactive roles of the cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum in motor control and learning, and (2) how disrupted neural signaling across these brain regions leads to motor deficits, such as those in Parkinson's disease. His lab uses optogenetics, multichannel electrophysiology and functional imaging in healthy and diseased rodent models to identify components of abnormal brain activity responsible for motor deficits, and develops methods to target these components for therapy.