Sanem Aykan, MD, PhD


  • 2011: M.D., Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey (Second rank)
  • 2016: Ph.D Dissertation, Neurovascular Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA
  • 2017: Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Health Science University, Turkey
  • 2018: Ph.D., Physiology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Academic Appointments:

  • 2015 – cont.: Postdoctoral Fellow, MGH, Harvard University, MA, USA
  • 2017-20: Lecturer, Physiology, Health Science University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2017-20: Specialist MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SAH Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2021-23: Assist. Prof., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2023 – cont.: Assoc. Prof, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey


  • 2015: Turkish-American Fulbright Commission
    • Ph.D. Dissertation Award
  • 2018: Turkish Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • International Research Scholarship
  • 2019: International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
    • Early Career Investigator Travel Bursary


Translational research in neurovascular function and dysfunction, ischemic brain injury, and cerebral small vessel disease

Notable contributions to science:

  • Preclinical testing of stroke therapeutics.
  • Neuroimaging