- Ph.D., University of California San Diego, 2014
- M.S., Istanbul Technical University, 2008
- B.S., Istanbul Technical University, 2006
Research Areas and Descriptors
- Cerebrospinal fluid dynamics, MRI, sleep, EEG, Alzheimer's, respiration, mind-body medicine
- Data analysis, signal processing, sensing/imaging techniques
Dr. Yildiz began at OHSU in May 2016 as a Postdoctoral Researcher with a research focus to advance high-resolution neuro-MRI in the context of early pathophysiological changes associated with sleep and neurodegenerative disease. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology working on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) dynamics. Her Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego focused on underwater acoustics and seismoacoustic imaging/sensing techniques.
Dr. Yildiz's current research interests are centered at the intersection of cerebrospinal fluid dynamics, respiration, glymphatic system, sleep and neurodegenerative disease using modalities of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electro-encephalograhic (EEG). She previously focused on quantifying the influence of respiration and cardiac forces on cerebrospinal flow dynamics using a real-time phase contrast MRI technique in healthy subjects as well as subjects with craniospinal disorders such as Chiari Malformation;which was a true multi-disciplinary project combining MR sequence design and optimization, signal processing, mechanical modeling, human physiology and psychology.
Dr. Yildiz is also a Yoga-Alliance registered Yoga and Meditation teacher and invests herself in expanding her research to understand the underlying mechanisms of practices such as breathwork, yoga, and meditation in the context of influence of such practices on CSF dynamics using MRI.