Aybeg Günenç


College / University

Boğaziçi University

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Biology and Genetics




Lab Experience

PCR, qRT-PCR, Bacterial Culture, Molecular Cloning, Protein Purification, CRISPR-Cas9 System, Animal Tissue Culture with Cell Lines, Transfection, Lentiviral Transduction, Light and Fluorescence Microscopy, Enzyme and Protein Assays, Live Infection Assay, Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE and Agarose), ELISA, Western Blotting, IF-staining, Laser-Scanning Confocal Microscopy, Drosophila melanogaster maintenance.

Projects / Research

  • 10/2015 – 02/2017: Intern at Plant Research Group, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Boğaziçi University.
  • 06 – 08/2017: "Expression, Purification and Characterization of De Novo Mouse Gene Proteins in Escherichia coli", Research Module Student at EBB-Evolutionary Bioinformatics Group, Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity, WWU Münster.
  • 09/2017 – 05/2018: "Generation of NLRP7-knockdown THP-1 Cell Line by CRISPR-Cas9 and Investigating the Impairment of Innate Immune Responses", Special Project Student at Apoptosis and Cancer Immunology Laboratory, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Boğaziçi University.

Scholarships / Awards

2018 – 2019: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
03/2017 – 08/2017: ERASMUS+ Grant for Exchange Semester in WWU Münster


Manipulating life has been a prominent theme during past decades to improve human health and empowering the industry. These methods rely upon interactions at molecular level of the biological systems, thus I am deeply amazed by the effects caused by structural properties, changes and interactions of complex biomolecules. I have a keen interest in protein biochemistry and structural biology as a way to understand these interactions. I am also interested in protein-related phenomena such as prions and protein aggregation in aging, drug targeting, antibody-antigen interactions and antimicrobial strategies, regarding their investigations at molecular level. I hope to develop myself in the field of these structural investigations to obtain a better picture of their mechanics and how to manipulate them as well.