I am a PhD student at the Language and Genetics Department, working on human brain evolution.
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics (Bilkent University, Turkey), and continued with a Master’s Degree in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany). As for my Master's thesis, I worked on a collaboration project between Cambridge University and the Babraham Institute, where I investigated a developmental gene duplication event in apes and Old World Monkeys.
My PhD project focuses on the evolution of human cortical anatomy, brain globularity and language. I work under the Evolution working group of the ENIGMA consortium, and in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.