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 prize 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?)