Elif Ayşenur Karay


College / University

Boğaziçi University

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Biology and Genetics

64236-1 Karay



Lab Experience

Molecular Cloning, Mammalian Cell Culture Techniques, Western Blot, Co-immunoprecipitation, Calcium Phosphate Transfection, Electroporation, Lipofectamine Transfection, Flow Cytometry, Transduction, Third Generation Lentiviral Vector Production, SEAP-based Neutralization Assay, Degranulation Assay for NK92 Activity, Ussing Chamber Measurements

Projects / Research

  • 01/2023 – 06/2023: Intern at Erman Lab, Boğaziçi University, on the investigation of LRBA’s immune regulatory role in CD4+ T cells
  • 09/2022 – 01/2023: Special Project student at Sutlu Lab, Boğaziçi University. Project title: "CRISPR Mediated Knock-Out of CD19 in B Lymphoma Cell Lines"
  • 06/2022 – 09/2022: Intern at Sutlu Lab, Boğaziçi University, where the main focus is on gene therapy and cancer immunotherapy.
  • 07/2021 – 09/2021: Project student at Prof. Weber’s Lab at University of Münster. Project title: "mRNA Restoration of Defect CFTR and Treatment with Modulators in Cystic Fibrosis Patients"

Scholarships / Awards

2023 – 2024: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2023: Graduated as a High Honor Student and ranked top 10 among the graduates of 2023 from Molecular Biology and Genetics department at Boğaziçi University
2021: European Union Erasmus+ Scholarship for one semester Erasmus mobility at University of Münster
2020 – 2022: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey 2205 Undergraduate Scholarship


I have been drawn to the rich complexity of molecular biology and its wide range of applications. Particularly, the interplay of genetic disorders, immunology, infectious diseases, and molecular virology appeals to my scientific curiosity. As I've navigated through various research experiences, I've developed a growing interest in signal transduction pathways and their potential to inform novel immunotherapeutic strategies. Consequently, my goal within the MSc/PhD Molecular Biology program is to broaden my knowledge of these intricate mechanisms and to discover a wide range of research areas that pique my interest.