News from Cytoskeleton Research Laboratory

18 December 2019

Elif was selected as one of the early career investigators to the Journal of Cell Science editorial advisory board.

https://jcs.biologists.org/content/132/24/jcs242313

27 November 2019

Elif, Melis and Fatmanur attended the International Conference on Cilia, Flagella and Centrosomes in Paris. Elif presented exciting results from Ozge and Onur’s project on studying the relationship between satellite localization and function. Melis and Fatmanur presented posters on their projects related to motile cilia assembly and mitotic regulation of centrosomes.

https://www.cilianetwork.org.uk/events/frenchukcilia/

13 November 2019

Elif was selected as one of the 27 EMBO Young Investigators, which offers a wide range of networking opportunities for the lab.

https://www.embo.org/news/press-releases/2019/twenty-seven-life-scientists-become-embo-young-investigators

Elif is the first scientist to be selected to the EMBO YIP program from Turkey, which we hope will inspire the many great young scientists who moved to Turkey. Therefore, the news of Elif’s selection to EMBO was widely covered by many different media resources.

https://w3.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/mbg-graduate-has-received-a-embo-young-investigator-award/

https://haberglobal.com.tr/yasam/koc-universitesi-nden-dr-elif-nur-firat-karalar-embo-ya-kabul-edildi-14860

http://www.milliyet.com.tr/gundem/kadinlar-cam-duvarlari-yiksin-6081007

https://www.ntv.com.tr/video/saglik/avrupa-genc-arastirmacilar-programina-secilen-turk-doktor-ntvye-konustu,TuUMAwQxQUaIDh_-pURPhQ

5 November 2019

Firat-Karalar lab hosted Dr. Helen May-Simera from IMB Mainz (https://www.imb.de/students-postdocs/international-phd-programme/ipp-groups/helen-may-simera/). She gave a very inspiring talk on the relationship between retinal epithelial cells and photoreceptor degeneration and development.

28 October 2019

As a one of the ERC holders in Turkey, Asst. Prof. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar was interviewed by the  Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey on her ERC success story. 

https://h2020.org.tr/tr/content/elif-nur-firat-karalar-erc-roportaj-tubitak-2019

14 October 2019

Elif attended the Cold Spring Harbor Asia “Centrosomes&Cilia” Meeting in Suzhou as an invited speaker and gave a talk on dissecting the function and regulation of centriolar satellites and their relationship to centrosomes and cilia.

9 October 2019

Kubra attended the “Seeing is Believing – Imaging the Molecular Processes of Life in EMBL Heidelberg and presented her work on identification and characterization of a new regulator of centriole duplication and mitosis.

1 October 2019

An interview with Asst. Prof. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar from Koç University Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics was published on the Journal of Cell Science. Please click to read the interview in the article series of “Cell Scientist to Watch”

https://jcs.biologists.org/content/132/19/jcs238774

September 2019

Deniz’s paper on the molecular mechanism of centrosomal and ciliary targeting of the retinal degeneration gene product CCDC66 was accepted to Scientific reports. With our collaborator Halil Bayraktar at ITU, we also showed that majority of satellites had diffusive motility while a minority exhibited long-range transport.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-50530-4

September 2019

Firat-Karalar lab received TUBITAK 1001 research grant on characterization of new regulators of multi-centriologenesis using the in vitro multiciliated tracheal epithelial cell cultures. 

September 2019

New masters student Dila Gulensoy joined our laboratory! She was an amazing undegraduate student in the last year and we are very excited to have her in our lab as a graduate student.

15 August -15 September 2019

Dr. Moe Mahjoub from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (https://nephrology.wustl.edu/research/labs/mahjoub-lab/) visited our lab this summer as part of the KU incoming scholar program. During his one month stay, we celebrated three birthdays in the lab and generated very exciting preliminary data for a grant we will submit next year.

4-9 August 2019

Elif gave a talk on Ezgi, Ozge and Onur’s work in the “Biology of Cilia and Flagella” meeting in Snowmass, USA.

4 July 2019

Elif visited the laboratory of Laurent Kodjabachian and gave a seminar in IBDM Marseilles

27 May 2019

The first conference of Organelle Biogenesis and Function in Health and in Disease in Istanbul was organized by Fırat-Karalar Laboratory. Tim Stearns, Ketan J. Patel, Fanni Gergely and David Mick were the keynote speakers. You can check the website https://orgbio2019.ku.edu.tr/

15 April 2019

Jovana Deretic joins our lab as a postdoctoral researcher. She completed her PhD work in Julie Welburn’s lab at University of Edinburgh, where her studies focused on identification and characterization of new Aurora A substrates, in particular SPICE.

7 April 2019

Umut and Onur attended the BSCB meeting in Warwick in UK and presented a poster on their work in studying centrosome aberrations in leukemia.

6 April 2019

Elif attended student congresses in Gebze Technical University (GEN3 meeting) and Bilkent University (9th Horizons meeting) and gave seminars on how to choose graduate school and ongoing research in our laboratory.

20 February 2019

The founder of Cytoskeleton Research Laboratory Dr. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar talks about her Newton-Katip Çelebi project on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

12 December 2018

Elif, Deniz and Kubra attended the ASCB/EMBO 2018 meeting.

Elif gave a talk in the “Cytokeleton and Disease” symposium. Kubra and Deniz presented great posters.

26 November 2018

First preprint from our lab is out!

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/478974v1

Our first preprint on the phenotypic and molecular consequences of centriolar satellite loss in kidney and retinal epithelial cells is out. We cannot wait to see the accepted article (hopefully soon).

19 October 2018

First EMBO Koc and Bogazici University Joint Meeting took place in NG Sapanca in Istanbul.

Firat-Karalar, Ozoren, Emre and Sahin labs had a joint lab meeting for two days at a great spot in Sapanca with financial support from EMBO. We had fruitful discussions among all lab members, new project ideas and new collaborations along with bonus great food and a great spa.

17 September 2018

Three new graduate students joined Fırat Karalar Lab as of September 2018: Ebru Topçu, Fatmanur Tiryaki and Umut Batman.

11 June 2018

Elif was awarded the EMBO Installation Grant, we are very excited to be part of the EMBO network for the next five years.

https://h2020.org.tr/en/news/embo-installation-grants-good-start-continue-your-research-turkey

8 March 2018

Elif appeared as one of the women faculty in the social media activities as part of 8th March International Women’s Day

16 February 2018

Elif gave a seminar in the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

25 December 2017

Firat-Karalar lab attended the 10th EMBO Young Investigator Forum in Istanbul at Bogazici University and Elif gave a talk in the meeting.

27 November 2017

Elif gave a seminar in the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit at EMBL Heidelberg

21 November 2017

Elif received the 2017 TUBA-GEBIP award at the Presidential Palace

Elif was selected as one of the nation’s promising young scientists in life sciences.

15 October 2017

Elif received the “Outstanding Faculty Award” for the College of Sciences

24-27 September 2017

Elif, Ozge and Kubra went to the EMBO Centrosomes and Spindle Pole Bodies Meeting in Heidelberg. Ozge and Kubra presented posters.

14 September 2017

Ozge Aydin received the Koc University Seed Grant to study centriolar satellite abnormalities in disease.

10 September 2017

Ezgi Odabasi received the “Best Poster Award” in the 5th International Congress of Molecular Biology Association of Turkey

3 September 2017

Firat-Karalar lab welcomes three new graduate students as of September 2017: Melis Dilara Arslanhan, Şevket Onur Taflan and Ege Çığırgan

5 July 2017

Elif gave a seminar in the IGC Gulbenian in Portugal and visited Monica Bettencourt-Dias’s lab

17 April 2017

Our paper on CCDC66 was highlighted in the FEBS Journal

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/febs.14063/full

First paper from our laboratory on CCDC66 was accepted to Journal of Cell Science and selected as the cover!!     http://jcs.biologists.org/content/130/8.cover-expansion

4-7 October 2016

The Firat-Karalar lab was at the EMBO-CILIA meeting 2016

Elif gave a talk on characterization of CCDC66 and Deniz, Efraim and Ezgi had poster presentations.

23 June 2016

Our Leica SP8 Scanning Confocal and DMi8 Fluorescent Scope are both up and running.

9th April 2016

Elif’s family welcomed their third son “Mert Tufan Karalar”. Mert is the first Firat-Karalar lab baby.

17 March 2016

The Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship to the Firat-Karalar and Gergely Labs

Our project on dissecting the function of centriolar satellites during centriole duplication was funded 110.000 GBP by the Royal Society, for which we will collaborate with the laboratory of Fanni Gergely at the CRUK Cambridge between 2016-2019.

13 September 2015

Elif receives the ERC Starting Grant 2015

Our project on “Dissecting the function and regulation of centriolar satellites: key regulators of the centrosome/cilium complex receives 1.500.000 euros from European Reserach Council.

Elif’s ERC Success Story is covered in media

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11 May 2015

Elif receives the TUBITAK 3501 and 1001 grants

Our projects on characterization of novel satellites proteins linked to ciliophathies will be funded by TUBITAK between 2015-2018

17 April 2015

Elif was awarded the LOREAL-UNESCO Women in Science Award 2015

Elif gave an interview on her project funded by LOREAL-UNESCO. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo5gfuPZghE

Elif’s LOREAL-UNESCO award was covered by several newspapers, here are the links:

http://www.haberturk.com/yasam/haber/1064637-6-bilim-kadini-dunyanin-sorunlarina-care-ariyor

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yazarlar/gila-benmayor/iste-cagin-hastaliklarini-arastiran-bilim-kadinlarimiz-28665162

http://www.dunya.com/gundem/turkiyeden-bir-bilim-kadini-neden-nobele-aday-olmasin-haberi-276048

http://www.posta.com.tr/guzellik-sacta-degil-basta-akilda-yazgulu-aldogan-yazisi-276137