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Hande Ozdinler

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Neurology


Areas of Focus

  • Neurodegeneration and neurodegenerative diseases such ALS, HSP and PLS
  • Blending art and science to enhance communications for future generations
  • OzdinART and media art


  • Studying the upper motor neurons that are responsible for voluntary movement
  • Developing long-term treatment strategies, including drug development and gene delivery, for motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)


Ozdinler is one of the recipients of Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair (HCNR) and NUCATS Translational Innovation Awards. She was recruited to be the founding director of the second Les Turner ALS Laboratory at Northwestern, and now a faculty member at the Les Turner ALS Center. Ozdinler is also a painter, inventor of OzdinART(TM) and co-founder of Art Loves Science Foundation. She is an international press member and an adamant supporter of women in science and art. Ozdinler was elected to be one of the most influential Turkish American Women in the U.S. and received recognition from President Barack Obama.