Burak Tepe

Burak Tepe

Research Interests

Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is the most prevalent form of recessive cerebellar ataxia and it is caused by mutations in Frataxin (FXN). Frataxin (FXN) is required for normal mitochondrial function and intracellular iron homeostasis. We have recently shown a mitochondria independent pathway through iron accumulation, sphingolipid synthesis and ectopic activation of the PDK1/Mef2 signaling leading to neurodegeneration in both Drosophila and mouse models. Currently I am investigating therapeutic potential of manipulating the sphingolipid/PDK1 pathway to suppress the neurodegenerative features caused by loss of FXN.

I am co-mentored by Ben Arenkiel.


Liu G, Swanson J, Pekarek B, Panneerselvam S, Ung K, Tepe B, Huang L, Arenkiel BR (2018) A combinatorial approach to circuit mapping in the mouse olfactory bulb. Extracellular Recording Approaches 134:129-142.   
Liu G, Patel JM, Tepe B, McClard CK, Swanson J, Quast KB, Arenkiel BR (2018) An objective and reproducible test of olfactory learning and discrimination in mice. Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE 2018 Mar 22:(133).  [Abstract]
Liu G*, McClard CK*, Tepe B*, Swanson J, Pekarek B, Panneerselvam S, Arenkiel BR (2017) Olfactory cued learning paradigm. Bio-protocol 7:e2251. (*equal contribution) [Abstract]
Herman AM, Ortiz-Guzman J, Kochukov M, Herman I, Quast KB, Patel JM, Tepe B, Carlson JC, Ung K, Selever J, Tong Q, Arenkiel BR (2016) A cholinergic basal forebrain feeding circuit modulates appetite suppression. Nature 538:253-256.  [Abstract]
Garcia I, Bhullar PK, Tepe B, Ortiz-Guzman J, Huang L, Herman AM, Chaboub L, Deneen B, Justice NJ, Arenkiel BR (2016) Local corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) signals to its receptor CRHR1 during postnatal development of the mouse olfactory bulb. Brain Structure & Function 221:1-20.  [Abstract]