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Meet UNMNC New Investigator Duygu Dee Harrison-Findik, D.V.M., Ph.D.

UNMC researcher Duygu Dee Harrison-Findik, D.V.M., Ph.D., answers questions about her work, life and interests.

NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 23 researchers who will be honored at an April 6 ceremony for UNMC's 2009 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

  • Name: Duygu Dee Harrison-Findik, D.V.M., Ph.D.
  • Title: Assistant professor in the College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: 2002
  • Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

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Duygu Dee Harrison-Findik, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Describe your research in laymen's terms.

We study molecular regulation of the key iron regulatory molecule, hepcidin, in alcoholic liver disease.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

Patients with liver diseases such as alcoholic liver disease and chronic hepatitis C infection often exhibit an increase in iron levels both in the serum and the liver. This is associated with poor prognosis. We are trying to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms, which may enable the development of novel diagnostic tools and therapeutic strategies.

Beyond grant funding, how do you measure success?

Developing simple but original ideas that will have an impact on the current knowledge or dogma in the relevant research field.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I'm interested in languages;
  • I love whales and wildlife; and
  • I'm curious about indigenous cultures.

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