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]

Dilara Erişen

Dilara Erişen received her B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University. She is currently a M.Sc. 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 Psychology Program at Bilkent University. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from TOBB University of Economics and Technology in August 2018. She is also a teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology, Bilkent University.

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 modelling 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]

Berhan Faruk Akgür

Berhan Faruk Akgür received his B.A. degree at Bilkent University Psychology department in 2017. He is currently enrolled in Neuroscience PhD program at Bilkent University. His research interest focuses on inhibitory-excitatory center & surround receptive fields using fMRI.



Master’s Student


Aslı Gül Kurt

Aslı Gül Kurt is currently a Ph.D. student in Neuroscience  program at Bilkent University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Bilkent University. Her research interest is size and contrast’s role on center-surround interactions in visual cortex.



Undergraduate Research Assistants
Metehan Akça





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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]



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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)

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

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

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


Last update: October, 2020