Nilufer Taner, M.D., Ph.D.

  1. Neurologist

Departments

Location

  1. Jacksonville, Florida

Languages

English

Appointments

Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurogeneticist and behavioral neurologist at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Her laboratory aims to discover and characterize genetic factors underlying the complex genetics of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related neurodegenerative conditions.

She received her medical degree from Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey and her doctorate degree in Molecular Neuroscience from Mayo Graduate School. She completed her residency training in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and her fellowship in behavioral neurology at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville.

Dr. Ertekin-Taner’s work has contributed to the establishment of the endophenotype approach in genetic studies of AD and pioneered the use of amyloid β peptide levels as an endophenotype in AD genetic research. Dr. Ertekin-Taner's laboratory currently uses biological traits such as gene expression levels and cognitive scores and leverages combined genome, transcriptome and epigenetic data to uncover genetic risk factors for neurodegenerative conditions.

She has led large, multi-site projects that leverage complex data to uncover the genetic underpinnings of AD and other neurodegenerative conditions, which can ultimately identify therapeutic targets and biomarkers. In addition to her basic science research, Dr. Ertekin-Taner has worked as a behavioral neurologist in the Memory Disorders Clinic at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, where she has evaluated and managed patients with AD and other neurodegenerative diseases and has aspired to improve the quality of care provided to patients and their families.

  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
  • Genetics of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases
  1. 2008
    Fellow - Behavioral NeurologyDepartment of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 2007
    Resident - NeurologyDepartment of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2003
    Research FellowshipDepartment of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 2001
    PhDMolecular Neuroscience, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. 2001
    PhDMolecular Neuroscience, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  6. 1997
    Research Fellowship - PharmacologyDepartment of Pharmacology, Cornell University Medical College
  7. 1996
    Predoctoral Studies - Ph.D. CandidateDepartment of Pharmacology, Hacettepe University Medical School
  8. 1995
    MD - MedicineHacettepe University Medical School

Certifications

  1. 2008
    Behavioral Neurology & NeuropsychiatryUnited Council of Neurologic Subspecialities
  2. 2008
    NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Awards and honors

  1. 2019
    Mayo Clinic Innovator Award (with Dr. Xue Wang), "Deciphering cellular transcriptional alterations in AD brains"Mayo Clinic in Florida
  2. 2018
    Investigator of the YearMayo Clinic Florida
  3. 2017
    Health Care HeroJacksonville Business Journal
  4. 2017
    Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN) American Academy of Neurology
  5. 2012
    Robert Terry Award for the Best Paper on Neurodegenerative DiseasesAmerican Association of Neuropathologists
  6. 2008
    Health Care HeroJacksonville Business Journal
  7. 2007
    Basic Science Research AwardDepartment of Neurology
  8. 2005
    Selected Attendance, Residents' SymposiumAmerican Neurological Association
  9. 2004
    Travel FellowshipWorld Alzheimer Congress 2004
  10. 2002
    Travel FellowshipWorld Alzheimer Congress 2002
  11. 2001
    Travel Stipend, Advanced Linkage CourseRockefeller University
  12. 2001
    Robert and Clarice Smith Fellow in Neuroscience ResearchRobert and Clarice Smith Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Stroke, MCF Neuroscience
  13. 2000
    Graduate Student Travel AwardSociety for Neuroscience
  14. 2000
    Pivotal Research ScholarshipWorld Alzheimer Congress 2000
  15. 1999
    Mayo Graduate School Travel AwardMayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  16. 1999
    Full Scholarship, Genetic Analysis Methods for Medical Researchers courseDuke University Medical Center
  17. 1995
    Best Intern of the YearHacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
  18. 1994
    Diploma of Advanced FrenchMinistry of Education, Republic of France

Professional memberships

  1. 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic Research Operations Management Team Executive Committee
  2. 2021
    ChairMayo Clinic Research Operations Management Discovery Science Advisory Group
  3. 2021
    Executive Team MemberMayo Clinic Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience Strategic Planning Group
  4. 2021
    Co-ChairMayo Clinic Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience Strategic Planning Group, Next Generation of Diagnostics and Neurotherapeutics
  5. 2021
    MemberSandro da Masquita, Ph.D. – Department of Neuroscience, AC-I
  6. 2021
    Associate DirectorMayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) KL2 Mentored Career Development Program
  7. 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic International Research Subcommittee
  8. 2021
    Meeting ParticipantMayo Clinic Office of Core Shared Services
  9. 2021
    Faculty MemberMayo Clinic Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research (CHCR
  10. 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committee Department of Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics
  11. 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committee Department of Pharmacology
  12. 2021
    MemberVijay K Ramanan, M.D., Ph.D. – Department of Neurology (Rochester, MN), SAC
  13. 2021
    MemberNa Zhao, M.D., Ph.D. – Department of Neuroscience, AC-I
  14. 2021
    MemberDemilade Adedinsewo MD, MPH, FACC. – Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, SAC
  15. 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic Research Operations Management Team
  16. 2020 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Flexible Career Arc Task Force
  17. 2020 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Mentoring Committees
  18. 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committees Department of Comparative Medicine
  19. 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committees Department of Health Sciences Research
  20. 2020 - present
    ChairMayo Graduate School Thesis Advisory Committee
  21. 2020 - 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic Racism and Health Equity Plan for the Research Shield Initiative
  22. 2020 - 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic Flexible Career Arc Task Force
  23. 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committee Department of Comparative Medicine
  24. 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committee Department of Health Sciences Research
  25. 2020
    MemberChia-Chen (Jenny) Liu, PhD - Department of Neuroscience, AC-I
  26. 2020 - present
    ChairMayo Graduate School Thesis Advisory Committee
  27. 2020 - present
    MemberNational Institute of Health NIA TREAT-AD (TaRget Enablement to Accelerate Therapy Development for AD) Consortium, External Advisory Board
  28. 2020 - present
    MemberNational Institutes of Health NHLBI Framingham Heart Study Executive Committee
  29. 2020 - present
    ReviewerFlemish Government Methusalem Program Review
  30. 2019 - 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committees Department of Cancer Biology
  31. 2019 - 2021
    ChairMayo Clinic Enterprise Department of Neuroscience Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee
  32. 2019 - 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic Institutional Review Board Genomics Subcommittee
  33. 2019 - 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Young Investigator Research Symposium Advisory Committee
  34. 2019 - 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committees Department of Cancer Biology
  35. 2019 - 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committee Department of Cancer Biology
  36. 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committees Department of Molecular Medicine
  37. 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Chair Search Committee Department of Molecular Medicine
  38. 2019 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Institutional Review Board Genomics Subcommittee
  39. 2019 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise Department of Neurology Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee
  40. 2018 - 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic Mentoring Committees
  41. 2018 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Mentoring Committees
  42. 2018 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Mentoring Committees
  43. 2018
    Co-Chair2018 NIH Alzheimer's Research Summit
  44. 2018 - 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic Clinical Trialists Task Force
  45. 2018 - 2019
    MemberDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Search Committee
  46. 2018
    IntervieweeMayo Clinic AAHRPP Site Visit
  47. 2018
    MemberMayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Bioinformatics Search Committee
  48. 2018
    MemberDepartment of General Surgery Chair Search Committee
  49. 2018
    MemberMayo Center for Military Medicine in Florida Associate Director Search Committee
  50. 2018 - present
    Member Mayo Clinic Research Public Affairs Subcommittee
  51. 2018 - present
    MemberMayo Graduate School Thesis Advisory Committee
  52. 2018 - present
    MemberMayo Graduate School Thesis Advisory Committee
  53. 2018 - present
    MemberNational Institutes of Health Genetic and Biomarker Disclosure Working Group
  54. 2017
    MemberMayo Clinic Search Committee for Center for Military Medicine Associate Director
  55. 2017
    MemberDivison of Hematology/ Oncology Chair Search Committee
  56. 2017 - present
    MemberCS/CI Conversion Committee
  57. 2017 - present
    MemberDepartment of Cardiology CI Search Committee
  58. 2017 - 2021
    ChairMayo Clinic Research Pipeline K2R Program Award
  59. 2016 - 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Personnel Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  60. 2016 - present
    MemberDepartment of Neuroscience Search Committee
  61. 2016 - 2018
    Topic ChairAmerican Academy of Neurology
  62. 2016 - 2017
    ChairMayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees - Research Faculty Pipeline Task Force
  63. 2016 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Research Review Group
  64. 2016 - present
    ChairMayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees - Research Faculty Pipeline Task Force
  65. 2016 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Research Communications Task Force
  66. 2016 - present
    MemberGenome Analysis Core Advisory Panel
  67. 2016 - present
    ChairResearch Personnel Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  68. 2015 - 2017
    MemberMayo Clinic Reseach Physician/Scientist Compensation Task Force
  69. 2015 - present
    Scientific Review Committee MemberNational Alzheimer's Coordinating Center
  70. 2015 - present
    ReviewerUK Alzheimer's Society Research
  71. 2014
    Session ChairGenetics: Transcriptomic and Epigenetic Changes in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Traits (O3-04), Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Alzheimer's Association
  72. 2014 - 2016
    Vice ChairResearch Personnel Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  73. 2014
    Abstract ReviewerAging, Dementia, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neurology, American Academy of Neurology
  74. 2014
    Abstract ReviewerAlzheimer's Association International Conference, Alzheimer's Association
  75. 2014
    Co-ChairSession S28: Aging, Dementia and Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Dementia Genetics, 66th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Neurology
  76. 2014 - present
    Program DirectorBehavioral Neurology Fellowship, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic in Florida
  77. 2013
    Session ChairThe Role of Alzheimer's Disease in Epigenetics and Transcriptomics, Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Alzheimer's Association
  78. 2013 - 2017
    ChairMayo Graduate School Thesis Advisory Committee
  79. 2013
    ReviewerClinomics Program, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine
  80. 2013 - present
    MemberResearch Personnel Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  81. 2012
    Session ChairGenetics of AD & non-AD Dementia, Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Alzheimer's Association
  82. 2012 - 2014
    MemberMayo Graduate School Thesis Advisory Committee
  83. 2012 - 2014
    Admissions Committee, Neurobiology of Disease, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  84. 2012
    Task Force MemberProgram Advisory Task Force, American Neurological Association
  85. 2012 - present
    Committee MemberEpigenomics Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine
  86. 2012 - present
    ChairMayo Clinic Mentoring Committees
  87. 2012 - present
    Executive Committee MemberAlzheimers Disease Genetics Consortium
  88. 2011
    Active MemberEducation Committee, Department of Neurology
  89. 2011 - present
    ReviewerMedical Research Council, UK
  90. 2010 - present
    Ad Hoc Grant ReviewerAlzheimer's Association
  91. 2008 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Neurology
  92.  
    Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  93.  
    MemberAmerican Society of Human Genetics
  94.  
    MemberSociety for Neuroscience
  95.  
    MemberSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  96.  
    MemberTurkish Pharmacological Society

Publications

Research activities

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