Kevser Gencalp


College / University

Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Biology and Genetics




Lab Experience

Various techniques in molecular biology and genetics (mammalian cell culture, microinjection, recombinant DNA techniques, in situ hybridization, various PCR techniques).

Projects / Research

  • 06/2008 – 09/2008: Identification of three developmentally important gene orthologs in Parhyale hawaiensis, AG Gerberding, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
  • 10/2008 – 04/2009: miRNA research in various breast and colon cancer cell lines, to identify possible miRNA candidates in tumorigenesis process, Erson Lab, METU, Ankara, Turkey
  • 02/2009 – 06/2009: Establishment and optimization of a miRNA in situ hybridization protocol for cultured MCF7 cells with LNA probes, Erson Lab, METU, Ankara, Turkey

Scholarships / Awards

2009 – 2010: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2004 – 2009: Republic of Turkey General Directorate of Higher Education Credit and Hostels Institution Scholarship
2004 – 2009: Middle East Technical University Graduates Aegean Association Scholarship
1997 – 2009: Bornova Anatolian High School Education Foundation Scholarship


Until now, I have mostly focused on cancer genetics and developmental biology. Both of them were fascinating to me, in terms of revealing the very complex interactions in vivo. My greatest motivation to participate in this program is the opportunity to have a detailed insight in different branches of molecular biology, and find out the one that I am going to pursue in the future.