Research Departments Physiology 20210131 Personal Touch Emre Dilmen
29 January 2021

Could you tell us something about your work at the department?
I am currently developing a microphysiological device (organ-on-a-chip) to study the distal convoluted tubule of the nephron in a way that it closely resembles in vivo situation. Parallel to this, I am also exploring kidney organoids (3D mini organs) as research models with the aim to combine these two emerging technologies as my project advances.

Could you describe yourself in a few words:
I am an easy-going person that enjoys the company of others in both social and professional settings. Since I was little, I have always been interested in the wonders of biology. Therefore, I am very excited to be working with organ-on-a-chip models and organoids among motivated colleagues.

What do you normally do in the weekends?
I shamelessly enjoy very lazy days at home with cooking and watching movies and occasionally picking up a book. But on other days I also enjoy going out for walks or roll up my sleeves and do some gardening when it is nice weather.

What are your hobbies and can you tell us something about your favorite one?
Although it’s not a really exciting hobby, I really enjoy getting carried away by a good movie, book or music. Also, spending time with friends and family is one of my favorite activities.

Also, I enjoy going on city trips for a few days, discovering new places and cuisines and trying to capture them on camera.

Could you describe your best holiday?
When I arrived in Venice at night, I really had an unique ‘’wow’’ moment. This was a few years ago and the ambiance of the ‘’city on water’’ is something that I will never forget.

What is your dream for the future?
Being able to do meaningful work that will make a difference. And perhaps most importantly; being able to do this while having a healthy work-life balance and enjoying life.

Please add a picture of yourself during a certain activity and add here a note explaning the photo:
This picture is taken a few years ago when Charlotte (my girlfriend) and I went on a skiing-trip as part of a birthday gift. It was a perfect way to enjoy nature with a thrill.

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