Halenur Yavuz


College / University

Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects





Lab Experience

Techniques in cellular and molecular biology, functional genomics.

Projects / Research

  • 06/2008 – 09/2008: Analysis of undetermined expression of ion channels in the postnatal rat brain & control tissues via quantitative-PCR and robotic in situ hybridization. Department of Genes and Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
  • 09/2008 – 02/2009: Gene expression analysis on nerve and heart muscle cells differentiated from mesenchymal stem cells via real time PCR techniques. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Center, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Scholarships / Awards

2009 – 2010: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2008: Erasmus Program’s summer practice scholarship


I have worked on the functional genomics of all the ion channel genes expressed in the postnatal rat central nervous system and conducted a special project on nervous tissue engineering during my Bachelor years. Due to my enthusiasm for neuroscience and since my undergraduate studies have focused on molecular biology and biochemistry, I would like to combine these disciplines in my graduate studies to examine the molecular mechanisms underlying neural processes like learning, memory formation or neurodegenerative diseases.