Education & Experience

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Candidate | Texas A&M University| college station, tx, usa | 2015-2020

Major: Biomedical Sciences   Current GPA: 3.7

College/Department: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences/Veterinary Pathobiology

Related coursework: Applied epidemiology, risk analysis, disease detection and surveillance, epidemiologic data analysis, statistics in research I, epidemiologic methods I, epidemiologic methods II & data analysis, microbial genetics, bioinformatics command line, metagenomics data analysis, foundations of biomedical science education, scientific ethics

Ph.D. Student | Istanbul University | istanbul, turkey| 2013-2015

Major: Health sciences

College/Department: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine/Food hygiene and Technology 

Related coursework: Meat and meat production hygiene techniques, food legislation, advanced food chemistry, advanced food microbiology, advanced food hygiene, advance food technology, milk and dairy products hygiene and technology, slaughtering science and meat inspection, advanced food control and analysis techniques

DVM | Ankara University |ankara, turkey| 2006-2012

Major: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 

College: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

EXPERIENCES

Governmental Visitor | USDA-ARS| cOLLEGE STATION, tx, usa | 2014-2015

I was a research scholar and governmental visitor at the United State Department of Agriculture, Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center in College Station in Texas for one year.  My research focused on the alternatives to antibiotics to reduce foodborne pathogen carriage in swine GIT.  I worked under the supervision of Dr. Robin C. Anderson to test thymol compounds on Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium DT104 and Escherichia coli K88.  My research involved both in vitro, in vivo experiments and microbiology.

Intern | United Nations- Food and Agriculture Organization|ankara, turkey | 2012-2013

I worked as an intern under the supervision of FAO/UN Sub-regional Coordinator in Turkey.  I was under the direct supervision of the International administrative officer at FAO for 6 months in Ankara, Turkey.  I was responsible for the procurement of goods, services, and maintaining vendor databases and documentation.  

Summer School Attendee| Brno Veterinary Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences University|brno, czech republic| 2012 

In the summer of 2012, I participated in professional level education in the Food Hygiene and Technology Department at the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic.  During this summer school, I took 120 hours of training including various areas, such as microbiology, food safety, and EU regulations.

Intern | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona| barcelona, spain | 2011 

In the summer of 2011, I visited Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.  I was an intern for three months at Centre Especial de Recerca Planta de Tecnologia dels Aliments (Food Safety and Technology Unit) founded by Erasmus Vocational Training Programme.  I gained expertise in measuring the effect of high hydrostatic pressure treatments (HPT) on seafood and dairy products.  I performed analyses for the quantification of microbial inactivation after the HPT and the evolution during refrigerate storage under the supervision of Josep Yuste Puigvert, Martin Buffa, and Ramón Gervilla.

Trainee | Veterinary University of Vienna| vienna, austria| 2010 

I was accepted as a trainee in the Milk Hygiene and Technology Department of the Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria.  I spent one month being trained on dairy product testing, sample preparation, and the molecular biological detection of pathogens, especially for the contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, under the supervision of Dr. Martin Wagner.

Exchange Student | University of Bologna |bologna, italy| 2008-2009

In the third year of my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine study, I studied at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna, as an exchange student supported by the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. 

EILC Student | Perugia University for Foreigners |perugia, italy| 2008 

I enrolled in an Italian EILC (Erasmus Intensive Language Courses) for a month in Perugia University for Foreigners in Italy to be eligible to study as an exchange student at the University of Bologna.

WORKSHOPS

The Computational Molecular Evolution Training at Wellcome Genome Campus |Cambridge, UK | 2019.

With this training I am now capable of understanding phylogenetics tool at levels of: 1) data retrieval and assembly, 2) alignment techniques, 3) phylogeny reconstruction (including maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods), 4) hypothesis testing, 5) population genetics approaches, 6) protein and nucleotide sequence analysis.

Workshop for GMP in Food Hygiene, Finland Leonardo project organised by Finnish– Turkish Businessmen Association |hELSINKI, fINLAND |2013

Field and bench performance   

  • Utilizing proper bench sterilization and bench-work principles
  • Keeping regular records of experiments and maintaining lab notebooks
  • Modifying the current standard protocols and generating new standard protocols
  • Collecting samples from farm animals and the environment
  • Sample processing and preparation (e.g., animal tissues, fecal, environmental samples, and food products) for microbial detection
  • Performing microbiology techniques for bacterial isolation and quantification using non-specific and specific enrichment methods, and media preparation
  • Using MALDI-TOF and serum agglutination tests for confirmatory assays
  • Determining phenotypic antibiotic resistance using micro-broth dilution and disc-diffusion methods
  • Utilizing PCR and real-time Q-PCR methods
  • Ability to extract bacterial DNA using QIAcube HT Platform and QIAgen DNA extraction kits
  • Ability to prepare sequencing libraries for next- generation sequencing (NGS) using Miseq Platform and Illumina Nextera (XT and Flex) library preparation kits
  • Assessing DNA and library qualities using Nano-Drop Spectrophotometer, Qubit and Fragment Analyzer platforms
  •  Understanding and performing phylogenetics tools at levels of:  1) data retrieval and assembly,  2) alignment techniques,  3) phylogeny reconstruction (including maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods), 4) hypothesis testing, 5) population genetics approaches, and 6) protein and nucleotide sequence analysis.

Data analysis and bioinformatics skills

  • Managing and maintaining big data, and storing results properly
  • Analyzing run metrics on Miseq platform and troubleshooting when necessary
  • Performing advanced epidemiological statistical analysis using STATA 15.1
  • Managing data on a high-performance computing cluster, using command-line tools for data science (sed, grep, etc.), Finding scripts online for specialized tasks, and submitting job scripts to high-performance research computers
  • Determining sequencing data quality metrics, bacterial antibiotic resistance genes, plasmids, serotype, sequence type, gene annotations, SNPs and phylogenetic tree using command line and web-tools
  • Having familiarity to QIIME-2 and R programming for metagenomics analysis  
  • Ability to work with databases and software in command-line such as: ResFinder, CARD, PlasmidFinder, PATRIC, RAST, ParSNP, McOutbryk, ABRicate, Figtree, FastTree, IQ-TREE, Model-test NG, iTOL, GrapeTree, FastQC, MultiQC, SeqSero, MLST, SRST2  
  • Ability to use basic office software such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint          
  • Ability to use Endnote reference management software

Personal aspects  

  • Written and oral communication in English
  • Troubleshooting in any of the fields performed
  • Understanding problems and focusing on solutions by trying different approaches
  • Being creative on the bench and data analysis stages
  • Being self-motivated, initiative and innovative
  • Fast learning and developing new techniques and skills
  • Strong work ethics, ability to work within a team
  • Excellent time management, delivery before due dates
  • High work capacity and enthusiasm in the field of interest

Memberships

  • American Society for Microbiology, 2015-current
  • Graduate Student Association, CVM, Texas A&M University , 2015-current
  • Graduate Academic Appeals Panel, Texas A&M University, 2018-current
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council, Texas A&M University, current
  • Turkish- American Scientists & Scholars, 2016-current
  • Co- coordinator of incoming volunteers by European Voluntary Service (EVS) S&G Association –System and Generation Association, 2011
  • IVSA International Veterinary Student Association, Ankara University, 2006 – 2010
  • Ankara University Swimmer, Swimming Team, 2006 – 2008

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