About Dr. Ertekin-Taner

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Dr. Ertekin-Taner is a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, Jacksonville, with a focus on neurogenetics of Alzheimer's disease and is also a board-certified practicing neurologist with a subspecialty in Behavioral Neurology. After graduating from medical school in Turkey, her native country, she obtained her Ph.D. at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in 2001. During her Ph.D. training, under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Younkin and co-mentorship of Dr. Michael Hutton, she demonstrated that plasma Aß levels are heritable and for the first time used these traits as endophenotypes in AD. Her thesis work led to the identification of a locus on chromosome 10 with strong evidence of linkage to amyloid ß in the late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) families and AD risk in independent series. During her post-doctoral training with Dr. Steven Younkin, between 2001-2003, she focused on fine mapping studies on three candidate genes on chromosome 10 and identified independent associations of variants within VR22, IDE and PLAU with Aß levels in LOAD families and AD risk.

Between 2003-2007, Dr. Ertekin-Taner completed her residency in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Rochester and returned to Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in 2007 to complete a clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology under the directorship of Dr. Neill Graff-Radford. Subsequently, she established her research program in the Department of Neuroscience, which is focused on neurogenetics of Alzheimer's disease and neurodegenerative endophenotypes, including whole transcriptome gene expression levels in the brain, cognition, neuropathology and neuroimaging to understand the complex genetics of Alzheimer's disease.


  • November 2008
    Health Care Hero - Jacksonville Business Journal
  • June 2007
    Basic Science Research Award - Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic
  • September 2005
    Selected Attendance, Residents' Symposium - American Neurological Association
  • August 2000
    Graduate Student Travel Award - The Society for Neuroscience Chapters
  • April 2000
    Pivotal Research Scholarship - World Alzheimer Congress 2000