So long, and thanks for all the fish!
Cavusoglu High School, Istanbul (1993-2000)
Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey (2000-2004) Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA (2004-2009)
I guess they consider post-doctoral fellowship as a work? I am proud to say that I am finally working now!
Georgia Institute of Technology NASA Astrobiology Institute Center for Ribosome and Evolution
Favourite thing to do in my job Problem solving, unexpected findings and learning something new everyday.
Rewinding and replaying the tape of life through resurrected molecules.
I am traveling in time through constructing the tree of life for molecules (specifically the ones that are involved in protein making). Then I am reanimating this ancient (millions old!) proteins via evolution to see how well they adapt to ‘now’.
My Typical Day
I experiment, I eat, I sleep and I experiment again.
What I'd do with the money
I will use it for a volunteering project named “Hardworkers for Evolution” and it’s outreach activities that aims promoteing evolution and science among public.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
passionate, fun, creative
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Getting the least interested student excited about science. (priceless)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
yes, a lot of times!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Pink Floyd o/
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Getting into the caves and discovering the world in a completely novel way was breathtaking.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. A shiny fellowship 2. My friends being close to me (American way of living can be hard) 3. A house with a garden located in the city
Tell us a joke.
“Old chemists don’t die, they reach equilibrium” (got nerd?)