Aysegul Ozerdem, MD, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, a Senior Associate Consultant in the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry & Psychology. She received her medical degree from Ankara University Medical School in 1985, completed her residency in Psychiatry between 1989-1995 at Department of Psychiatry, Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey. During her residency she worked as a researcher at NIMH, Bethesda, MD, Section on Clinical Psychopharmacology, Experimental Therapeutics Branch between 1992-1994. She was made Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in 1998, Associate Professor of Psychiatry in 2000 and Professor of Psychiatry in 2006 at Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey, where she worked before joining Mayo Clinic. She obtained a PhD degree in Biophysics in 2008. She is recipient of a number of research grants and awards including International Society for Bipolar Disorders Scholar Award. The main focus of Dr. Ozerdem’s research focuses on biological/clinical markers involving genomic data, neurocognition and imaging for vulnerability and resilience in bipolar disorder in association to early diagnosis, treatment response and course of illness. The impact of sex difference on the neurobiology of mood disorders is a special focus of her studies.