Selen Tolu

Selen Tolu

General Dentist

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Medical Practice

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Selen Tolu's Overview


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Selen Tolu's Experience

General Dentist

Dental Dreams LLC

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Medical Practice industry

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Selen Tolu's Skills & Expertise

  1. Dentistry
  2. Cosmetic Dentistry
  3. Restorative Dentistry
  4. Oral Surgery
  5. Endodontics
  6. Veneers
  7. Dentures
  8. Periodontics
  9. Teeth Whitening
  10. Prosthodontics
  11. Pediatric Dentistry
  12. Healthcare
  13. Invisalign
  14. Root Canal
  15. Crowns

Selen Tolu's Organizations

  • The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

    Albert Schweitzer Fellow
    • May 2010 to May 2011

    Co-founder of Healthy Women, Healthy Smiles. Conducted a year long community outreach program providing oral and systemic health education to survivors of domestic violence in an effort to increase awareness and access to dental care. In total, devoted over 200 hours of service working in underserved communities.

  • NIH Summer Research Program

    • 2007 to 2008

    Interned in Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulation, NIMH, under preceptor, Scott Young, Ph.D., M.D..Conducted fear conditioning tests and studied maternal behavior on oxytocin and vasopressin receptor knockout mice.

  • HHMI Student/Teacher Internship Program

    Student Intern
    • 2004 to 2006

    Completed intensive biotechnology course as pre-requisite for program. Interned in Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience, NIMH under preceptor Jacqueline N. Crawley, Ph.D..Conducted behavioral tests on galanin transgenic mice using antagonist M40. Presented research at the 2005 HHMI symposium.

Selen Tolu's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Student Lobbyist

      American Student Dental Association Lobbyist
      • Politics
      April 2012 present (2 years 6 months)

      Lobbied at the U.S. Congress and met with federal legislators to sponsor legislation that would benefit dental education and practice.

    • Volunteer

      Habitat for Humanity International
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      March 2012 present (2 years 7 months)

      Worked alongside members of the community to help build housing for low income individuals.

    • Dental Health Volunteer

      Special Olympics
      June 2012 present (2 years 4 months)

      Conducted dental health screenings for participants of the Special Olympics

Selen Tolu's Publications

  • A Conditional Knockout Mouse Line of the Oxytocin Receptor

    • Endocrinology
    • March 20, 2008
    Authors: W. Scott Young, 3rd, Selen Tolu

    Oxytocin plays important roles in reproductive physiology and various behaviors, including maternal behavior and social memory. Its receptor (Oxtr) is present in peripheral tissues and brain, so a conditional knockout (KO, −/−) would be useful to allow elimination of the receptor in specific sites at defined times. We created a line of mice in which loxP sites flank Oxtr coding sequence (floxed) enable Cre recombinase-mediated inactivation of the receptor. We expressed Cre recombinase in these mice either in all tissues (Oxtr−/−) or the forebrain (OxtrFB/FB) using the Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IIα promoter. The latter KO has reduced Oxtr binding beginning 21–28 d postnatally, leading to prominent reductions in the lateral septum, hippocampus, and ventral pallidum. The medial amygdala is spared, and there is significant retention of binding within the olfactory bulb and nucleus and neocortex. We did not observe any deficits in the general health, sensorimotor functions, anxiety-like behaviors, or sucrose intake in either Oxtr−/− or OxtrFB/FB mice. Females of both KO types deliver pups, but only the OxtrFB/FB mice are able to eject milk. Oxtr−/− males show impaired social memory for familiar females, whereas the OxtrFB/FB males appear to recognize their species but not individuals. Our results confirm the importance of oxytocin in social recognition and demonstrate that spatial and temporal inactivation of the Oxtr will enable finer understanding of the physiological, behavioral, and developmental roles of the receptor.

Selen Tolu's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Turkish

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Professional working proficiency)

Selen Tolu's Education

University of Maryland Baltimore

D.D.S., Dentistry


University of Maryland College Park

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Neurobiology and Physiology


Honors graduate from the College of Chemical and Life Sciences.

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