MSc/PhD Program
Sinem Meleknur Sertel
First Name:
Sinem Meleknur

Last Name:



Sinem Meleknur Sertel


College / University:
Bilkent University

Highest Degree:
B.Sc. (Honours)

Major Subjects:
Molecular Biology and Genetics

Lab Experience:
Basic molecular biology and tissue culture techniques, PCR and sequencing, some databases and programs for bioinformatics

Projects / Research:
2014: “Internal control analysis for both AgRP and POMC labeled EM images in Arcuate Hypothalamus”, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Deniz Atasoy, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey                                                                                 
June - Sep 2013: “A research on identification of risk factors in Autism and characterization of DIAPH1 gene”, Neurogenetics Dept., Matthew State & Gulhan A. Ercan-Sencicek, Yale University, New Haven, USA                                        
June - Aug 2012: “Monitoring the trafficking of ClC-3 in real time by fusing super-ecliptic pHluorin intravesicular loop of ClC-3 ”, Neurophysics Dept., Christoph Fahlke & Raul E. Guzman C., Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany                  

2014 - 2015: Max Planck Research School Student Scholarship
2009 - 2014: Bilkent University Undergraduate Student Scholarship / TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) 2205 – Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
June 2013: Financial Aid for summer internship from President of Bilkent University Prof. Abdullah Atalar / Financial Aid for summer internship from Bilkent Alumni


I personally find the nervous system very interesting. It is really fascinating to witness such complex organizations, interactions, and regulations in the nervous system in each level (epigenetics, molecular, circuit, and even cognitive level). I am seeking to gain new skills and understandings about neuroscience in this program. There are tremendous amounts of phenomena in nature, and being part of a team that tries to understand the nervous system with the help of many different angles such as neurophysiology, neuroepigenetics, and neurogenetics is my main goal. I would like to learn different techniques, which will widen my horizon for a better understanding of the nervous system..