Lab Members

PhD Student

Seniye Targen

I studied for a BSc Hons in the field of Human Genetics at Newcastle University, UK and completed my MSc degree in Human Molecular Genetics field, Imperial College London, UK. Currently, I am studying towards a PhD in cancer biology focusing on the role of Mineralocorticoid Receptor (MR) in breast cancer at Konu Laboratory, Bilkent University.  My project is funded by TUBITAK grant and is one of the projects participating in ADMIRE COST Action.

PhD student

Ayse Gokce Keskus

I have completed my undergraduate education at Bilkent University, Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2015. During my senior year I have joined to Konu Lab as a research trainee. I have developed protein array analysis tool on matlab. Now I am a PhD student at Konu Lab working on the comparative analysis of repeat containing proteins.

PhD Student

Murat Yaman

MSc: Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
BSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul Technical University
Areas of interest: Neuroscience and drug screening

MSc Student

Tugberk kaya

I graduated from Bilkent MBG. I am involved in drug screening and IC50 analysis using R language as a masters student.

MSc Student

R. Said Tiryaki

I have graduated from the Bilkent University Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2016 and continuing my MSc studies in the Konu Lab where I have been working since my senior year. Currently my work generally focuses on miRNA/mRNA microarray expression analyses, miRNA-gene network generations and co-culture studies of the miRNA mimic or siRNA treated cells.

MSc Student

Fatma Betul Dincaslan

I have a BSc degree for MBG from Bilkent. My thesis project has been focused on tissue specificity of zebrafish and its application on the relationship between retinal genes and ache in zebrafish. I also take part in another project related to role of ache as a double mutant in cancer for zebrafish. Beside of my research interests, I am a socially developed geek, and I have an endless willing to learn more and self-improvement about almost anything makes sense on earth. I love reading, searching, questioning and making forward-learning mistakes.

MSc Student

Damla Gunes

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics in İstanbul Technical University. Currently, I am working on KONU Lab as MSc student in Neuroscience. My projects involves interaction between Mineralocorticoid and estrogen receptor Signaling on breast cancer cell lines and drug treatments on hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines.

MSc Student

Büşra Korkmaz

I have graduated from the department of MBG at Izmir Institute of Technology in 2018. I am currently receiving education at Bilkent University as an MSc student. In the Konu Lab, the project that I am a part of is drug treatment on Hepatocellular Carcinoma cells.


Gozde Civan

I am working in Konu lab as a research trainee for my senior year project. My project focuses on differential gene expression and pathway analysis using R programming language.

Lab Alumni

Name Now
Post-Doc Meltem Golgeli Researcher, TOBB University of Economics and Technology
MSc Bircan Coban PhD Candidate, Leiden University, Netherlands
MSc Basak Ozgursoy  
PhD Huma Shehwana Asst. Prof., National University of Medical Sciences, Pakistan
PhD Ermira Jahya  
Post-Doc Omer Bayazeid Researcher at Hacettepe University, Turkey
PhD Sahika Koker Cingir  
MSc Student Alperen Taciroglu PhD Student at METU, Turkey
Undergrad Afshan Nabi MSc Student at CS and Engineering at Sabanci University, Turkey
Undergrad Tuna Baydin MSc Student at NTNU, Norway
Undergrad Musa Efe Isilak MSc Student at UNAM MSN Program, Bilkent
Undergrad Kardelen Genc  
Undergrad Ronaldo Leka  
Undergrad Umut Cagiral