I am a curious molecular biologist and a bioinformatics scientist. My work focuses on biodiversity monitoring and developing molecular and bioinformatics tools to make DNA sequencing technologies cheaper, faster, and more accurate.
I am currently the bioinformatics scientist III at Thermo Fisher Scientific
and also the clinical instructor for translational genomics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC
. Previously, I was the bioinformatics lead at Sequential Skin
, which I now occasionally support as a consultant. In my academic life, I was the Principal Investigator for Monitoring Climate Change In The Sub-Arctic
project, funded by the Northern Research Fund. I also was a postdoctoral researcher for the Optimizing Workflows For Freshwater Metabarcoding
, Biodiversity Monitoring In The Great Lakes
, and Metabarcoding With Nanopore Sequencing
projects, funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, US EPA, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, and University of Guelph grants.
I earned my Ph.D. from Department of Biological Sciences
at the National University of Singapore, where I was advised by Rudolf Meier
. My doctoral research has been funded by TEV-SINGA (Singapore International Graduate Award), Singapore's National Water Agency (PUB), Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), and National University of Singapore (NUS).
I got my B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Istanbul Technical University
. I also completed exchange studies for two semesters at the Technical University of Munich
I am passionate about aquatic research, DNA sequencing technologies, and data science. I also had opportunities to do field work in the tropics as well as sub-arctic Canada, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Outside of science, I love writing, communicating science, teaching Python & bioinformatics
, travelling, climbing, and lately, weight lifting.
You can reach my publications, projects, talks, and several other resources from the tabs above.