Pelin Gülizar Ersan
I graduated from Istanbul University, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department in 2013. In my last year I joined Erasmus Program in Ulm University, Germany and took place in Institute of Experimental Cancer Research as an intern. My Bachelor thesis was related to cancer stem cells and possible cancer therapies by using microRNAs. Now I am a PhD student in Özgür Şahin’s Lab working on molecular mechanisms of metastasis in breast cancer.
Ünal Metin Tokat
I completed my undergraduate education in molecular biology and genetics at Bilkent University in 2015. During my internship at Genome and Stem Cell Center of Erciyes University, I worked on the evaluation of some DNA polymorphisms including MTHFR 677, IL28B, ACE I/D, and eNOS G894T to categorize the samples with respect to their genotype and to determine whether any of these makes individuals more prone to disease. In addition, I investigated the anti-oxidant effect of cherry laurel in DNA damage and repair mechanisms. In my senior year, I participated in Ozgur Sahin’s lab as research trainee (to the drug resistance in breast cancer project). Henceforth, I will study the chemotherapy resistance as a PhD student at Sahin’s Lab.
I graduated from Middle East Technical University, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department in 2013. In my third year at METU, I received an Erasmus scholarship for 3-months summer internship in Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany in Developmental Biology Department. After I obtained my B.Sc. degree, I got a scholarship from DAAD-TEV to conduct my master study in Heidelberg University, Germany in the major of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology and received my degree in September 2015. My master thesis was related to analysis of Cephalic Furrow formation, an evolutionary novelty of flies, and manipulation of genetics to recapitulate evolution. In 2015-2016 Spring season, I joined in Özgür Şahin’s Lab as a PhD student working on drug resistance in HER2+ breast cancer.
I came to Turkey as one of Indonesian awardees of the Turkish Government Scholarship and received my BSc degree from the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department at Gebze Technical University in 2016. During my undergraduate study, I completed my internships at METU and GTU where my research focused on the biology of colorectal cancer and a novel mitotic protein, respectively. I also worked on gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 system for my undergraduate final project. Currently, I am a MSc student in Şahin lab, and studying on the role of noncoding RNA regulation of signaling pathways in breast cancer.
I received my MD degree from Dokuz Eylül University. Afterwards, I became medical genetics specialist and working as medical geneticist at Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazit Training and Research Hospital. I have endless passion in cancer research, and to accomplish my goals I have joined Dr. Özgür Şahin’s Lab. Currently I am working on drug resistance in breast cancer.