I received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, in 2008. Many thanks to the volunteer founders of Turkish Educational Foundation (TEV), I was supported as their scholarship student during my undergraduate education between 2004-2008. I then moved to Metapontum Agrobios S.R.L, Italy where I started my master project under the supervision of Dr. Rina Iannacone in 2010. In the same year, I completed my studies with a thesis dissecting the transgenic tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicum cv. UC82 MA) expressing the Arabidopsis HDZip transcription factor ATHB7. Inspired by the power of trans-gene based technology and wanting to understand the plant development under harsh abiotic factors, I started my PhD studies, the department of Experimental Sciences at Texas Tech (TTU), USA, with the help of The Council of Higher Education of Turkey (CoHE). A year after I joined the group of Prof. H. Zhang’s in 2014, I was appointed as a Research Associate at the TTU in Plant Biology for the entire year. My doctoral work focused on the additive effect of multi-gene co-overexpression for salt tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. I am grateful to all of my supervisors, mentors and collleagues for their support. All of their contribution is so much valuable for my exciting research endeavors and upcoming career.
Faculty of Arts&Sciences, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey B.S., 2004-2008
Department of Biology, Rize University,Turkey M.S., 2009-2011
Department of Biology, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey Ph.D., 2011-2015