I am a researcher at the Howy Jacobs Laboratory, afilliated with the universities of Tampere and Helsinki.
I am originally from Turkey, where I studied medicine. Then I was awarded a Ph.D. by Saitama University (Japan) for my work at Adrian W. Moore’s laboratory at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan).
The focus of my work is mitochondria, the powerhouses of a eukaryotic cell. I am studying what happens to the nervous system cells when mitochondria don’t work properly. I am using fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) for this purpose. My research has been supported by the French Muscular Dystrophy Association (AFM-Téléthon), and the Finnish Cultural Foundation (SKR).
I have also been involved in public outreach in Turkish, mostly as essays and podcasts on the free online magazine Açık Bilim, to which I also contributed as an founding co-editor-in-chief. I also have contributed essays to the Turkish skeptic website Yalansavar, and taken part in their podcats.