Lab Members

 

Principal Investigator

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Ayça Arslan Ergül

Ayça Arslan-Ergül was born in 1979 in Çanakkale, Biga. She graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. She earned her MSc degree from Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Basic Hepatology department, and did Ph.D. in Bilkent University Molecular Biology and Genetics department, on liver cancer and cellular senescence. In Scotland, Glasgow, she worked on cell-targeted therapies. For five years, she worked at Bilkent University as a postdoc in Michelle Adams Lab, on brain aging and new cell formations and teaching for the Neuroscience program. Since 2017, she is working at Hacettepe University. She is running the “Friends, let’s do science” project as a volunteer. She is the recipient of  Sabancı Foundation Change Makers Award and Science Academy Young Investigator Award (BAGEP). She is married and living with her husband Özgür Ergül, two cats, and a dog.

PhD Students

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Supervisor: Prof. Michelle Adams

Begün Erbaba received her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University in 2014, and M.Sc. degree in Neuroscience from Bilkent University in 2016. Now she is continuing her studies in brain aging at Bilkent University as a Ph.D. candidate. She’s an extreme biophiliac admiring all aspects of nature besides being in love with music

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Supervisor: Prof. Duygu Uçkan Çetinkaya

Bihter received her BS in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University (Bilecik, 2014). In 2016, she joined the MSc. Program in Gebze Technical University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department. Her research interests lie in the area of the biological clock that clarifies to function and structure of C-Terminus of Drosophila cryptochrome protein. She worked for 2.5 years under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nuri ÖZTÜRK. She has been awarded 100/2000 CoHE Doctoral Scholarship and now she is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Stem Cell at Hacettepe University (Ankara, 2018). In her free time, she enjoys reading on philosophy and psychology and spending time in nature.

MSc Students

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Supervisor: Prof. Michelle Adams

Naz received her BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in 2016. She is currently an MSc student in the Neuroscience program at Bilkent University. Her research focuses on telomere regulation in brain cancers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading novels and spending time with her cat.

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Supervisor: Prof. Michelle Adams

Narin Ilgım Ardıç received her B.A. degree in Psychology at Bilkent University in 2016. Her senior thesis was about the role of caloric restriction and its mimetic on aging. She is currently an M.Sc. student in the Neuroscience program at Bilkent University. Her research interests are genome analysis of pearl mullet which is a species endemic to Turkey and age-related neuronal and glial changes in zebrafish. In her free time, she enjoys reading postmodern novels, writing and cooking.

Melis

 

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Melis received her BSc in Biology from Hacettepe University in 2018.  In the Arslan-Ergül Lab, she is currently helping with research involving aging. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and trekking.

 

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Rumeysa Tuncer

Rumeysa received her BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in 2015. She studied circulating tumor cells for 2 years.  Currently, she is working as a researcher in Arslan-Ergül Lab. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, swimming and watching movies.

 

 

Undergraduates

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Defne Akkar is a junior majoring in molecular biology and genetics at Bilkent University. She is interested in neuroscience and cancer studies, thus plans to continue her education on these subjects after graduation. Currently, she is helping with the research of Ayça Arslan Ergül. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and watching movies.

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Eylül Yılmaz is a junior majoring in molecular biology and genetics at Middle East Technical University. She joined the group via Ayca Arslan Ergul’s “Friends, let’s do science” project. Her primary interests lie in the cancer studies and neuroscience. She joined the Arslan-Ergul Lab to study in areas of interest. Also, she is helping with the research of Ayça Arslan Ergül. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and playing volleyball.

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Melis Yılmaz

Melis Yılmaz was born in 2000 in Çanakkale. She is a junior majoring in Medicine at Hacettepe University. She joined the group via Ayca Arslan Ergul’s “Friends, let’s do science” project. She wants to be a scientist. Her primary interests lie in Medical Biology for now. She joined the Lab for being closer to science. In her free time she enjoys reading book and in summer she loves swimming.

 

Members Abroad

Özge Pelin Burhanozge

Özge Pelin Burhan received her M.Sc. in Neuroscience in 2017 and her B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2015 from Bilkent University. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich/German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. She is working on the pathomechanisms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in zebrafish. In her spare time, she likes swimming and reading.

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Esra Şenol

Esra received her BS in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in 2017. She has been awarded SINGA scholarship and now she is a Ph.D. student in the National University of Singapore. She is doing her research with Dr. Fu in Singapore Bioimaging Consortium. She is currently working on neural circuits that regulate feeding behavior. Under Arslan-Ergul’s supervision, she worked on the characterization of neural stem cells. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and traveling.

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Nazlı received her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in 2017. During her undergraduate studies, under Ayça Arslan-Ergül’s supervision, she worked on the comparative characterization of neural stem cells from Zebrafish in the process of aging.  She is now doing her master’s degree in Biology at LMU Munich. She enjoys photography and swimming.

 

Non-Human Member

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Boncuk was born on 19 Jan 2010 in a small village called Shotts, near Glasgow, Scotland. She started her education in the rainy days of Glasgow, observing small creatures in the grass. After moving to Turkey in 2012, she majored in moths and grasshoppers. She obtained her Professorship in dissecting the grasshopper body parts. She enjoys mild cream cheese, lactose-free milk, and sleeping.