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Isa Ozdemir

Senior Scientific Editor

Isa is the editor of 3 Breaks:

More than meets the eye: the histones revealed as enzymes

Histones have been known as proteins that package the DNA of eukaryotes and regulate gene expression. We discovered that histones also function as enzymes that convert copper ions into a usable form for cells. The enzymatic function changes how we think about the roles of histones in health and disease. It may have also been a critical driver for emergence of eukaryotes in the first place.

Jan 12, 2021 | 3 min read
Cooled to the Quantum Realm

One of the biggest questions of our time is how gravity and quantum mechanics interact. We have achieved a long-sought-after step towards this goal by laser cooling a solid object.

Nov 6, 2020 | 2.5 min read
Wake up microglia! How brain state regulates immune cells

Microglia, the immune cells of the brain, helps the brain modify its circuits in response to new experiences. In a recent study, we found that microglia helping to rewire the brain may be dependent on whether the organism is awake or asleep.

Sep 9, 2020 | 3 min read