I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Masters of Science degree in Pharmacology from the Ankara University. Afterwards, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Hilal Özdağ in the department of Biotechnology at Ankara University and completed my Ph.D. studies in 2013. My thesis work mainly focused on identification of genomic and transcriptomic profiles of sporadic colorectal cancer. I worked also on various projects which aim to determine novel diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for cancer, using data obtained from high-throughput genome, methylome and transcriptome analyses during my PhD. After two and half years postdoc in the same group, I recently joined Dr. Özgür Şahin’s Lab at Bilkent University in June 2016 as postdoctoral fellow. My current research interest in the role of long noncoding RNAs responsible for tamoxifen resistance in ERα-positive breast cancer.
Rasmi R Mishra
I received my BSc degree in Zoology from Utkal University and my master in Zoology with Biochemistry specialization from Banaras Hindu University, India. In July 2004 I joined MPhil/PhD program of School of Life Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. After successful completion of one year course work, I joined lab of Prof Pramod C Rath for my PhD work. There, I was working on various projects to functionally characterize repeat-derived coding and non-coding RNAs from rat and human origin. After my PhD in 2010, I worked in ICGEB, New Delhi and I was engaged with structural and functional studies of a conserved single stranded transcriptional regulator from Plasmodium falciparum. In 2012 I joined Prof Manfred Schartl in Würzburg, Germany. In Würzburg, I worked on fish as melanoma model (medaka, zebrafish and platyfish) to identify and characterize novel melanoma-associated miRNAs and piRNAs. Recently I have moved to Bilkent University and here with Dr. Özgür Şahin, I am working on identification and targeting of sponge-lncRNAs for inhibiting metastasis in triple negative breast cancer.
Suhail Akhtar Ansari
I obtained my BSc (Zoology) and MSc (Biotechnology) degrees from Aligarh Muslim University, India. In January 2009, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Niyaz Ahmed at the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics of University of Hyderabad, India as PhD fellow. While working in Dr. Ahmed’s lab, I contributed towards implementation of various in silico and in vitro approaches to understand the regulatory roles of microbial oncogenes in the context of chronic inflammation, apoptosis and cancer. Currently, I am affiliated with Dr. Özgür Şahin’s laboratory at Bilkent University as Postdoctoral fellow, where my research work entails descriptive understanding of microRNA based approaches to target signaling pathways leading to breast cancer growth and metastasis.
I graduated from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan in 2010. I started my masters in biotechnology from same university in 2012. In August 2012, I got scholarship from Higher Education commission, Pakistan to go abroad for further studies. I joined Bilkent University as a master’s student in Fall 2012-13 session. My first project was with Dr. Mehmet Öztürk and was related to using monoclonal antibody directed targeting of β-catenin as a tool for tumor pathology. Nowadays, I am working in Özgür Şahin’s Lab as a PhD student and my research work is related to enhancing chemo-response of triple negative breast cancer.
Pelin Gülizar Ersan
I graduated from Istanbul University, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department in 2013. In my last year I joined Erasmus Programme 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 graduated from Hacettepe University, Biology Department, in 2012. During my third year of university, I participated a project regarding effects of a novel antioxidant on aort vessel in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. I also performed my internship at Hacettepe University, Stem Cell Research and Application Center, within last semester of undergraduate education. Hereafter, in Özgür Şahin’s Lab, Bilkent University, I advance my researches by focusing on improving chemotherapy response in triple negative breast cancer.
I graduated from METU, Chemical Engineering Department in 2013. I got a Minor degree from Molecular Biology and Genetics and during my last year as an undergraduate, I worked on a research project on multidrug resistance in breast cancer in the laboratory of one of my professors. Currently I am a Ph.D student in Özgür Şahin’s Lab in Bilkent University working on drug resistance in breast cancer.
I graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Biology in 2014. Throughout my undergraduate education I participated in sevaral projects that mainly focus on gene silencing. During summer of 2013, I performed construction of miRNA sponges againts miR147b, miR142 and miRlet7 in Bommer’s Lab, UC Louvain. After graduation, I joined Şahin’s Group in Bilkent University as a Master Student. My project is on the pathogenesis of ER+ 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, Bilkent University and studying on the role of noncoding RNA regulation of signaling pathways in breast cancer.