Asst. Prof. Dr. İlknur Dursun graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology in 2000. She worked as a scholarship intern at Istanbul University Çapa Faculty of Medicine Prenatal Diagnosis Application and Research Center for about a year. Later, she started working as a research assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Middle East Technical University (METU) Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and received her MSc degree in January 2005 with her thesis on the subject "Investigation of the Effects on Activity, Anxiety and Learning in Wistar Rats Exposed to Alcohol During Prenatal Period". In 2005, she conducted research for 3 months by receiving scholarships from Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center, Cell Biology and Anatomy Department and METU. In 2007-2008, she worked for 1.5 years, and in 2009 for 3 months, in collaboration with METU-UCDavis research program, at the University of California Davis (UCDavis), Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and Neuroscience Center to do her doctoral thesis. In February 2011, she completed her doctorate degree on "Toxic Effects of Ethanol on the Development of Retinal Ganglion Cells and Retinal Geniculate Projections in the Postpartum Period". Dursun has 5 international indexed articles (SCI/SCI-E/AHCI), 1 English book, 21 published international/national congress presentations and papers. She worked at different foundation universities between 2012-2020. As of November 2020, as a faculty member at İstinye University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physiology, she continues to investigate the effects of toxin exposure (e.g., ethanol) on brain development and behavior on animal models in the perinatal period (prenatal and/or postpartum). She models teratogenic substances in experimental animals with the intubation technique that she successfully applies to newborn mice (0-10 days). Within the scope of preclinical studies, she tests behaviors such as learning and memory, anxiety, locomotor activity, depression by using very broad behavioral tests such as Rotarod/Accelerod, Open Field Test, Compulsory Swimming Test, Plus Maze, 12-Arm Radial Maze and Morris Water Labyrinth for disorders created in experimental animal models. In addition to behavioral experiments, she performs quantitative neuroanatomical examinations of brain tissue images, which obtained by immunohistochemistry and other staining methods, while using StereoInvestigator and Neurolucida hardware and software (mbfbioscience technology).
Research areas: Experimental Brain Research, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cellular Neuroscience, Neuropsychopharmacology