I am from Ankara, Turkey, and I earned my B.S. degree in Biology from Hacettepe University in 2020. Since my undergraduate years, I have always been fascinated by various research topics in functional and evolutionary genetics. In my postgraduate studies, I worked under Dr. Ergi Ozsoy to better understand research focused on functional genomics and quantitative genetics with Drosophila melanogaster. During that time, my research was focused on the genetics of maternal age and sleep behavior.
I started as a graduate student at CHG in the fall of 2022 under Dr. Trudy Mackay and Dr. Robert Anholt’s supervision to investigate the genetics of complex traits using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.
I will perform a systems genetics analysis of cocaine preference in Drosophila to study cocaine abuse disorder. I will use DGRP lines selected for different cocaine preference profiles for this experiment. Along these lines, I will run gene expression analysis on fly brains to determine expression patterns and how they associate with cocaine preference and gene networks.