MSc/PhD Program
Sinem Kocak
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Sinem Koçak


College / University:
Boğaziçi University

Highest Degree:
B.Sc. (Hons.) Molecular Biology and Genetics

Major Subject:
Molecular Biology of the Cell, Moleculer Genetics, Biochemistry, Psychology and Pharmacology

Lab Experience:
Zebrafish Embryo Injection,Fruit Fly Adult Brain Dissection,Cryosection, Fluorescent Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy,Immunohistochemistry, In-situ Hybridisation, Molecular Cloning Techniques, Mammalian Cell Culture Techniques, Western Blot and Protein Assays

Projects / Research:
06.2018 - 09.2018: University of Vienna,Thomas Hummel. Antibody Screen for Asymmetric Body in Drosophila melanogaster brain.
02.2016 - 06.2018: Boğaziçi University, Stefan Fuss. The neural regeneration pattern in Zebrafish upon damage and Cre-lox transgenic Zebrafish generation.
02.2016 - 05.2016: Boğaziçi University, Reşit Canbeyli. Behavioural experiments on the relation between learning and depression in rat.
06.2015 - 12.2015: Boğaziçi University, Kuyaş Buğra Bilge. The role of SIK2 in transformation of Müller Glia cells to progenitor cells and Site Directed Mutagenesis of GAB1.

2020 - 2021: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School


I am very fascinated about the idea of uncovering molecular pathways of mood and anxiety disorders. I strongly believe that a better understanding of underlaying molecular machinery can lead to a great advancement in helping people with such problems. Given that 2 to 6% of all the human population is estimated to be suffering from depression alone, such research would not only help individuals but also would help us humans progress and adapt further.