Adil Boolani


College / University

Middle East Technical University

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects





Lab Experience

Staining procedures (PAS, H&E, acetocarmine, Giemsa, Janus green, Gram), mount preparation (dry and wet), light microscopy, acid-base titrations, BCA assay, differential centrifugation, gel filtration chromatography, electrophoresis (Agarose, SDS-PAGE), PCR and qPCR, primer design, nucleic acid isolation, bacterial transformation, bacterial cell culture (inoculation, plating, transfer), Drosophila melanogaster husbandry and breeding.

Projects / Research

  • 2020: “Proteomic and transcriptomic studies for Bacillus subtilis to analyse the role of bacilysin as a global regulator of cellular physiology”, Prof. Dr. Gülay Özcengiz, Department of Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2019: “Systems responses to recurrent pulses of dissolved organic carbon (DOC)” (EU H2020-INFRAIA-Project No: 731065), Prof. Dr. Meryem Beklioğlu, Department of Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Scholarships / Awards

2021 – 2022: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2020 – 2021: Ranked first among the 2,831 graduates of the Bachelor's degree programs at Middle East Technical University
2018 – 2019: 1 year success scholarship by the Turkish Government (Türkiye Scholarships)
2017 – 2021: 4 year full tuition fee exemption from the Middle East Technical University


My current interests lie in cell biology and biochemistry especially on how findings in these areas can be used to answer important questions in the context of human physiology. In the vast realms of biology, there are many gripping mysteries that have yet to be unravelled and many challenges yet to be overcome. I am interested in one such challenge: investigating the aetiologies behind chronic diseases. For instance, what are the underlying conditions that must be present for an individual to become susceptible to Grave's disease? Or, since it is now known that the microbiota greatly influences host health, in precisely what ways does diet shape our gut microbiota and, therefore, control our risk of developing systemic ailments like rheumatoid arthritis? These are some of the questions that motivate me, and I hope my research at Göttingen can help towards answering these questions.