MSc/PhD Program
Cagatay Aydin
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Çağatay Aydin


College / University:
Bogazici University

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Major Subjects:
Molecular Biology and Genetics

Lab Experience:
Breeding and maintenance of D. melanogaster and C. elegans, immunostaining, confocal microscopy, cell culture, gel electrophoresis, blotting, PCR, RNA-seq, electroretinogram. Python programming, Linux command line, Axoscope, Fiji/ImageJ, Mircosoft Office.

Projects / Research:
2013 - 2016: Axon guidance in D. melanogaster olfactory system development. Arzu Celik, PhD. Bogazici University
June - Aug 2015: sChanges in repetitive sequences during the development of C. elegans. Susan Mango, PhD. Harvard University
June - Aug 2014: Role of mitochondrial mutants in neurodegeneration. Hugo J. Bellen, PhD. Baylor College of Medicine.

2016 - 2017: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2015 / 2016: Undergraduate Research Grant / Research Scholarship, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
2015: Scholarship for Abroad Studies, Saint Michel Education Foundation
2011-2016: Scholarship for Outstanding Success, Turkish Educational Foundation


Developmental neurobiology has been my field of interest for a long time. When combined with developmental biology, neurosciences can elucidate the underlying mechanisms of stem cell differentiation into neurons and glia, axon guidance in the nervous system and synapse formation. Afterwards, these studies can be integrated with drug development and other types of treatments to cure a related disease. In addition, they can also shine a light on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's which has become a serious problem in the last decades. Lately, I have also been interested in theoretical/computational neuroscience, specifically in neural information coding, decoding and processing..