Biography

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I am a final year PhD Candidate in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering program of Sabanci University, supervised by Prof. Uğur Sezerman. I am also the chairperson of a spin-off biotech company, called Epigenetiks, which we co-founded with my PhD supervisor.

I am currently working on determining factors that drive personal DNA methylation aberrations in cancer patients. During my Ph.D., I have previously worked in developing in silico prediction methods for multiple post-translational modifications, such as sumoylation and neddylation.

Previously, I attained my M.Sc. degree in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology from Imperial College London. Before that, I received my B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering program of Sabanci University.

Broadly, my research interests include (but are not limited to) -omics data analysis, disease genomics, machine learning, and tool development.

“I don’t know anything, but I do know that everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”

Richard P. Feynman

I am a huge fan of Python and an avid follower of direct-to-consumer genetic tests and cloud-based tools.

Education

  • B.Sc. 2011

    Biological Sciences and Bioengineering

    Sabanci University

  • Minor Honors 2011

    Chemistry

    Sabanci University

  • M.Sc. 2012

    Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology

    Imperial College London

  • Ph.D. Ongoing

    Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering

    Sabanci University

Work Experience

  • Present2014

    Co-founder & Chairperson

    Epigenetiks Genetik Biyoinformatik Yazılım A.Ş.

Academic Experience

  • Present10.2015

    Research Associate

    Acibadem University

  • Present09.2012

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Sabanci University

  • 06.201409.2012

    Teaching Assistant

    Sabanci University

  • 09.201206.2012

    Research Assistant

    Christophedes Lab, Laboratory of Immunogenomics, Imperial College London

  • 06.201203.2012

    Research Assistant

    National Heart & Lung Institute

  • 03.201201.2012

    Research Assistant

    Imperial College Centre for Bioinformatics

  • 09.201106.2009

    Research Assistant

    Sabanci University

  • 09.201006.2010

    Research Assistant

    Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard - MIT Health Sciences and Technology

Honors and Awards

  • 2012-2016
    TUBITAK BIDEB PhD Scholarship
    Covering monthly stipend (Award Total: 110.200 TL, ≈ £30.000).
  • 2012-2016
    Sabanci University PhD Scholarship
    Covering tuition fees and monthly transportation support (Award Total: 88.500 TL, ≈ £23.000).
  • Feb 2013
    Sabanci University University Courses Teaching Assistant Incentive Award
    for ”exceptional performance in teaching assistantship in Science of Nature courses in Fall 2012”.
  • 2007-2011
    Sabanci University Merit Scholarship
    for ranking in the top 0.2% among 1.776 million applicants in the 2007 nationwide university entrance exam (ÖSS).
  • 2007-2011
    Sabanci University Certificate of High Honor
    for completing semester with a term GPA > 3.50/4.00. Received in 6 semesters.
  • June 2007
    Computer Science Days in Bilgi, 4th place
    Istanbul Bilgi University, nationwide Computer Science Days in Bilgi competition, 4th place.
  • May 2007
    BITEK-O, 3rd place (R&D Category)
    BITEK-O (IT Olympiad) Project Contest (Nationwide), 3rd place in R&D Category
  • June 2006
    Computer Science Days in Bilgi, 3rd place
    Istanbul Bilgi University, nationwide Computer Science Days in Bilgi competition, 3rd place.