Principle Investigators
Hüseyin Boyacı, Ph.D.

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Email: hboyaci[at]


Katja Doerschner, Allgemein Psychologie, JLU, Preisträgerin des Sofja Kovalevskaja-Preises 2014, verliehen von der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. Foto: Bilkent University / Burat Tokcan
Katja Doerschner, Ph.D.

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Email: katja[at]

Postdoctoral Researcher
bmuBuse Merve Ürgen

Buse Merve Ürgen received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience Program at Bilkent University in 2021. Previously, she received her B.A. degree in Psychology at Bilkent University, Turkey in 2011 and her MSc. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, UK in 2012. She is interested in how visual perception is shaped by prior knowledge and expectations using psychophysics, computational modeling, and fMRI.

Email: buseurgen[at]

Ph.D. Students
goksu-labpagephotoGöksu Akşam

Göksu Akşam is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience program at Bilkent University. She received her B.Sc. degree in Psychology from Middle East Technical University in 2021. Her current research interests broadly include experience-dependent plasticity in the human brain and the neural mechanisms underlying learning and expectations. When she is away from her desk, she enjoys walking, listening to music, street photography, and tutoring children! 

Email: goksu.aksam[at], aksamgoksu[at]

Hilal İrem Baştürk

Hilal İrem Baştürk received her B.Sc. degree in Psychology from Özyeğin University in 2021 and is currently a PhD. student in Bilkent’s Neuroscience program. Having mainly worked on spatiotemporal perception and multisensory integration during her undergraduate studies, she aims to branch out towards neurocomputational modelling, especially regarding statistical learning and the impact of expectations on visual processes.

Email: irem.basturk[at]  & hilal.basturk[at]

Dilara Erişen

Dilara Erişen received her B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University. She received her MS degree in Neuroscience from Bilkent University. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Neuroscience program at Bilkent University. She is working on a project investigating perceptual learning using functional and anatomical neuroimaging techniques.

Email: dilara.erisen[at]

Merve Kınıklıoğlu

Merve Kınıklıoğlu is currently a Ph.D. student in Neuroscience Program at Bilkent University. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from TOBB University of Economics and Technology in 2018. She is also a teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology, Bilkent University. She is working on a project investigating effect of spatial attention on surround suppression using behavioral psychophysics, functional MRI and computational modeling.

Email: mervekiniklioglu[at]

websiteAmna Malik

Amna Malik is currently a PhD. student in Neuroscience Program at Bilkent University. She received her BS degree in Biochemistry from PMAS, AAUR Pakistan in 2015. After completing her undergraduate studies, Amna received her MS degree in Biomedical Sciences with distinction from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Pakistan in 2018. Amna’s research interests include brain mapping using computational modeling based on fMRI. She is also working as an Early Stage Researcher on a project under the scope of EU- Innovative Training Network. The focus of the project is investigation of the dynamics of visual perception and its neural underpinnings based on neuroimaging.

                                     Email: amnaahmalik55[at]

Undergraduate Research Assistants
WhatsApp Image 2021-10-17 at 6.12.58 PMZ. Büşra Ayar

Zeynep Büşra Ayar is currently a 3rd-year Psychology student at Bilkent University. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience, especially vision and memory.



Ecenur Bilgiç

Ecenur Bilgiç is currently a third-year Psychology student at Bilkent University. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience, specifically visual perception.




Tuğçe Gürbüz 

Busra Tugce Gurbuz received her B.A. degree at Bilkent University Psychology department in 2020. Currently, she is seeking graduate programs in computational neuroscience. She works on a project investigating underlying neural mechanisms of orientation adaptation and perception using psychophysics and artificial neural networks.

Email:  tugce.gurbuz[at]



Buse Merve Urgen (PhD, 2021)

Zahide Pamir (PhD, 2017) – currently Post-doc at Harvard Medical School

Pinar Demirayak (PhD, 2018) – currently Post-doc at University of Alabama

Aslı Gül Kurt (MS, 2021)

Beyza Akkoyunlu (MS, 2020) – currently Guest Scientist at The German Primate Centre, Göttingen

Ilayda Nazli (MA, 2019) – currently Ph.D. student at Radboud University Nijmegen

Hossein Mehrzadfar (MS, 2019) – currently Ph.D. student at UCSB.

Ecem Altan (MA, 2019) – currently Ph.D. student at the University of Auckland

Cemre Yilmaz (MS, 2019) – currently research intern at EPFL 

Cem Benar (MS, 2019) – currently Ph.D. student at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Batuhan Erkat (MS, 2019) – currently Ph.D. student at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Görkem Er (MS, 2018)

Ömer Faruk Gülban (BA) – currently Ph.D. student at Maastricht University

Ayşe İlkay Işık (BA) – currently Ph.D. student at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Can Oluk (BA) – currently Ph.D. student at The University of Texas at Austin

Aslı Tekin (RA, 2020-21)

Öykü Okur (RA, 2020-21)

Metehan Akça (RA, 2020-21)

Yağmur Dümen (RA, 2020-21)


Last update: October 2021