MSc/PhD Program
Pinar Öz
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Pinar Öz


College / University:
2001 – 2006: Bogazici University, Turkey

Highest Degree:
B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Major Subjects:
Neurobiology, Experimental Psychology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Neurophysiology, Cell  Biology, (Mathematics (Differential equations))

Lab Experience:
Advanced (and basic) techniques for molecular biology and biochemistry; FISH; chromatography; cloning and transformation of bacteria; basic techniques for microbiology; immunohistochemistry; radioimmune assay; performing electrolytic lesions in rat brain (using stereotaxic instruments) and perfusion,decapitation,using vibratome and cryostats; behavioral tasks to measure learning, locomotor activity and stress of rats; bioinformatics.

Projects / Research:

Sep 2005 – Jan 2006: project on identification of oak species using comparative analysis of molecular markers (Dept. of  Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University Istanbul, Turkey )
Feb 2005 – Jun 2005: training on microbiology and biochemistry: identification and investigation of thermophilic bacteria in Turkey for biotechnological purposes (Dept. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey )
Feb 2003 – Jun 2005: training on psychobiology: investigation of Alzheimer’s Disease, biological clock and circadian rhythmicity, roles and structures of certain brain regions like suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) and paraventricular nucleus of thalamus (PVT) (Dept. of Psychology, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey )
Jun 2004 – Sep 2004: training on  psychobiology : investigation of the central effects of nicotine, its interaction with stress; investigation of roles and interactions of NOS and CART in stress response. (Dept. of Physiology, School of Medicine, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey )
Poster / Abstract Book: “The Rhythmicity of Drinking Behavior Might be the Indicator of the Course of Cognitive Decline in Aging” Altınbilek B, Goz D, Oz P, Pezuk P, Unal CT, Canbeyli R. 3rd National Neuroscience Congress, 7-11/04/2004, Pamukkale University, Turkey

2006 - 2007: Stipend International Max Planck Research School, Germany
Apr 2004: Scholarship to attend 3rd National Neuroscience Congress (Denizli, Turkey) as an undergraduate student

The brain is the most fascinating machine in the world and my desire is to learn the mechanism of understanding and producing thoughts from a neuron as a single unit to brain as a whole. More specifically, I wish to deal with synaptic mechanisms and development of the brain for this purpose.