I am originally from Çeşme, Turkey. I studied in Istanbul for my BSc and PhD. I have always been interested in how cells maintain homeostasis in response to various conditions. Therefore, during my PhD my main focus was to understand cross-link between UPS and autophagy during mitochondrial removal. After obtaining my degree, for my postdoctoral research I moved to Germany. At University of Cologne (CMMC), I worked on ERAD and its translational link to neurodevelopmental disorders in primary patient-derived cells. In 2021, I joined Prof Gopal Sapkota’s lab in the MRCPPU at the University of Dundee as a postdoctoral researcher to work on identification of new E3 ligases and DUBs regulating alpha-synuclein stability which is also co-supervised by Prof Ian Ganley. I joined to CeTPD in July 2023 as a postdoctoral researcher in Farnaby group where I will extend my research on discovery of novel degraders for Central Nervous System focussed diseases.
Outside of the lab, I try to stay active as much as possible. I love experimenting in the kitchen, travelling, water sports and crafting – lately into ceramic.