Ceren Tuzmen, PhD

Marketing and Communications Manager

Supports the development and execution of sciVelo marketing plans to increase visibility and awareness within the University

Commercial Translation Associate

Supports the CCA Program Manager in identification of projects with academic commercial potential within the digital health theme

Education and Experience

Ceren moved to Pittsburgh from Istanbul, Turkey in 2011 as a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, working on a joint project with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She then joined the PhD program in Biological Sciences at CMU. During her doctoral studies, Ceren worked on molecular pathways associated with musculoskeletal disorders. She discovered novel interactions that involved mechanisms of immunoregulatory neuropeptides, which have clinical significance in orthopedics and sports medicine. During her time at CMU, Ceren co-led the Mellon FIT initiative and served as a team officer for three years. The MellonFIT team raised more than $30K to build a facility to offer group exercise classes that encouraged healthy living at the workplace. Ceren was recently a Postdoctoral Associate in the lab of Joseph C. Glorioso at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she worked towards developing antigenically stealthed oncolytic vectors with the goal of enabling effective systemic treatment of metastatic cancers. She also served as the Career Development Chair at the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) Executive Board.


PhD, Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017
MS, Computational Science and Engineering, Koc University, 2010
BS, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University, 2008

Research Experience

Postdoctoral research, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Supervisor: Joseph C Glorioso, PhD
Developed neutralization resistant oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus (oHSV) to be used in metastatic cancer therapy

PhD research, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Advisor: Phil Campbell, PhD
Designed and conducted research focused on molecular mechanisms associated with immunoregulation of musculoskeletal tissue repair

MS research, Graduate Program in Computational Science and Engineering, Koc University
Advisor: Burak Erman, PhD
Applied mathematical and biophysical models to develop a computational tool that identifies ligand binding sites in 29 out of 30 proteins

All Publications

Commercial Translation Experience

Antigenically stealthed oncolytic viruses. 2019. Patent Application # PCT/US2019/034914
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Megan Breski, MS

Clinical and Translational Science Institute Program Manager