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As an undergraduate. Dr. Kavalali studied Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 1995, he completed his PhD in Rutgers University, where he worked with Dr. Mark Plummer. He joined the then-Center for Basic Neuroscience in September 1999, following completion of his postdoctoral studies with Dr. Richard W. Tsien in Stanford University at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.

Dr. Kavalali studies mechanisms of neurotransmission and synaptic signaling in the central nervous system. His group focuses on the molecular basis and functional consequences of heterogeneity among synaptic vesicle recycling pathways present within individual synapses. In particular, his work has uncovered the role and underlying mechanisms of spontaneous neurotransmitter release that holds it apart mechanistically and functionally from evoked neurotransmission.


Bogazici University (1990), Engineering
Graduate School
Rutgers the State University (1995), Biomedical Engineering

Research Interest

  • Electrophysiology
  • Neurotransmitter Release
  • Synaptic Plasticity
  • Synaptic Transmission


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Honors & Awards

  • NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award
  • American Heart Association Established Investigator Award
  • Effie Marie Cain Scholar in Medical Research
  • American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship