Ayşe Koca Çaydaşı, PhD: I graduated from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Middle East Technical University in 2004. I received my master’s degree in 2006 from the Department of Biology at Middle East Technical University. In 2007, I was awarded the “International Graduate School for Cancer Research Fellowship” by the German Cancer Research Centre and I moved to Germany for my doctoral studies. In 2010, I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg, after having completed my dissertation at the German Cancer Research Centre. Thereafter, I continued my research at the same institute as a postdoctoral researcher. In September 2016, I moved to Turkey as an Assistant Professor at Gebze Technical University. Then in July 2017, I joined Koç University at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. My research interests lie in spatial and temporal coordination of cell cycle events. I use Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) to study asymmetric cell division. My previous work has contributed to the understanding of how cells assure separation of their genetic material in the correct direction during asymmetric cell division. This processes is a key determinant of the cell fate. My current research will further unravel novel cell cycle regulatory mechanisms that prevent aneuploidy and genomic instability, the hallmarks of cancer.
Betül Sarı: Since my childhood, I have always dreamed to become a person of science and to make discoveries for the humanity. My dream on discovery has taken all my attention to natural sciences, especially to biology. That is why I studied Molecular Biology and Genetics. I graduated from the department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Üsküdar University in January 2017. In September 2017, I enrolled in Koç University graduate school of sciences and engineering as an integrated PhD student in Molecular Biology and Genetics. In our lab we study “Cell Cycle”. Working about cell cycle is so fascinating! Mechanisms by which cell cycle works is shared among various species and is essential for their growth and development! Here, my main study subject is “cohesin” and how it influences the cell cycle in novel ways. I hope that, with my research, I will contribute to the cell cycle field and beyond.
Şeyma Nur Erkan: After I graduated from Middle East Technical University in 2017, I joined Koc University as an integrated PhD student. I am so pleased to be a member of the Cell Cycle and Genome Stability lab. Becoming a good scientist has been my big ambition after I realized the elegancy of cell division at the age of 13. During my undergraduate education I felt extremely excited about checkpoint mechanisms of cell cycle and its relation with the cancer. Understanding the mechanisms that regulate cell division may change our whole knowledge about cancer. My main motivation is to improve myself; not only answering a question in this area but also raising proper questions.
Barış Bekdaş: During my undergraduate years in Istanbul Technical University, I have worked at several laboratories and that gave me an opportunity to learn about molecular immunology, medical microbiology and genetics. I applied to Molecular Biology and Genetics master program of Koç University and finally, I am here in Cell Cycle and Genome Stability laboratory. A complete understanding of cell cycle remain elusive and a great deal of genes and their interaction with each other is waiting to be illuminated. This makes me excited. Our lab code is “LONG LIVE THE YEAST”. My long term goal in my career is to find a link between cell cycle regulation and functions of adaptive immune cells. In addition, I like playing chess and reading books on travel and history. Although I am not good at, I enjoy riding bicycle and swimming. Last but not the least, I am a fan of Chinese music.
Hüseyin Karabürk: When asked the common question “What are you going to be when you grow up?”; my answer was always “One day, I am going to cure all the people suffering”. Now, as a confident and ambitious college graduate, I know that achieving this dream is not so simple. Yet, I feel that I have the power to contribute to biological research to fulfill this aim. I enjoy the challenge science involves and I want to use my knowledge and understanding to help people in need.
I have graduated from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Middle East Technical University with high honor degree in June 2018. Currently, I am studying at Koç University as a Master of Science student in Cell Cycle and Genome Stability Laboratory.
This lab, run by an exceptional advisor, offers me such an opportunity that I can fulfill my thirst for scientific knowledge and research.
İdil Kırdök: Through my education, I always wanted to become a scientist and Molecular Biology is the area that I found myself fit in. After I graduated from Middle East Technical University, I started my MSc. Studies in Koç University. Now, I am glad to be a part of Cell Cycle and Genome Stability lab. During my undergraduate studies I had the chance to experience different areas of Molecular Biology as I got more and more interested in Cell cycle and its regulation. My main motivation is to use every chance I get to improve myself and learn new stuff.
Cansu Dilege: My name is Cansu Dilege. I was graduated from Yeditepe University and currently studying as master student in Koç University in Cell Cycle and Genome Stability Lab. Science is my passion and i love working in the lab. My goal is to contribute to the science community as much as i can and in that time i want to invest in myself by researching and experiencing lab works as much as possible. I am a friendly person; I study hard and most importantly I investigate. I love spending some quality time with my friends and coworkers. I am happy to be here and working.
Mukadder Koyuncu: I am Mukadder and I was born on 18 September, 1996, at Aydın Turkey. I am majoring in Molecular Biology and Genetics, and double majoring in Chemistry at Koc University since 2015. I am a part of Koca Caydasi Research Group since Fall 2018.
Dilara Kocakaplan did both undergrad and graduate (MSc) studies in our lab. She got her MSc degree in Jun 2020 at Koç University and moved to Edinburg/UK to start her PhD studies at University of Edinburg, at the lab of Adele Marston.
Gülden Budak performed postdoctoral studies in our lab (2019-2020).