Araç Laboratory at UChicago

Demet Araç-Özkan

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Chicago Neuroscience Institute
Institute for Biophysical Dynamics
Center for Mechanical Excitability

Demet was an undergraduate at Bilkent University in Turkey, where she majored in Molecular Biology and Genetics. She moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2000 to work with Dr. Jose Rizo-Rey as a graduate student to elucidate the mechanisms of neurotransmitter release. After finishing her graduate training, she joined Dr. Axel Brunger’s lab at Stanford University to study the structure and function of cell-adhesion proteins at the synapse. In 2013, Demet began her independent research career at the University of Chicago within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.