Young Scientist Profiles

TASSA interviews with select young Turkish American Scientists and Scholars

Young Scholar Profile: Ömer Yılmaz

The young scholar in this issue is Omer Yilmaz, MD., Ph.D. who is an assistant professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School.   full story

Young Scientists Profile: Conversation with Melis Anahtar

My parents are both Turkish and immigrated to the U.S. one year before I was born. I was raised in the suburbs of DC, and had the opportunity to attend public schools that had special programs for gifted students interested in pursuing advanced classes in math, science, and computer science. These programs and other extracurricular activities fostered my love of the sciences and gave me opportunities to explore my interests.   full story

Young Scholar Profile: Neyran Turan

Neyran Turan, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rice University, School of Architecture. She is also the principal of Nemestudio, an architectural office that produces work ranging from installations, to buildings, and landscapes.   full story

Young Scholar Profile: Nevzat Kazgan

The young scholar in this issue is Nevzat Kazgan, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.   full story

Young Scientists Profile: Conversation with İnanç Ortaç

Since I was a child, I have been interested in almost all disciplines of natural sciences and engineering. This led me to a career and research that merges all of them together. I had a BS degree in Physics in Middle East Technical University. In 2006, I won Fulbright scholarship and came to University of California, San Diego to pursue a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering.   full story

Young Scholar Profile: Ayça Yalçın Özkumur

My favorite subject throughout my BS education in Bilkent University was optics, and it was a natural decision to proceed in that direction. I think having attended optics courses thought by two exceptional professors, Haldun Ozaktas and Orhan Aytur, had an effect in that matter. Having worked in various laboratories during summer breaks, I had a passion for experimental research. I came to Boston University for a Masters degree in Photonics, and stayed to receive a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering under Dr. Selim Unlu’s supervision. After a multidisciplinary PhD thesis, it seemed not that unusual to join Dr. Chris Love’s laboratory at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT for my postdoctoral studies, although to family and friends, the idea of an electrical engineer trying to develop an HIV neutralization assay was pretty puzzling.   full story

Young Scholar Profile: Bumin Yenmez

The young scholar in this issue is Bumin Yenmez, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.   full story

Young Scholar Profile: Burhaneddin Sandıkçı

The young scholar in this issue is Burhaneddin Sandıkçı, PhD., Associate Professor of Operations Management The University of Chicago Booth School of Business   full story

Young Scholar Profile: Handan Acar

The young scholar in this issue is Handan Acar, a postdoctoral scholar, at the University of Chicago's Institute of Molecular Engineering.   full story

Young Scientists Profile: Conversation with Hasan Ayaz

My first computer was a Sinclair ZX Spectrum that I received at my 8th birthday. My parents soon regretted that, as I was captivated by this magical (!) device that had 128 Kilobytes of memory, required cassette player to save data and the only TV in the house to operate.   full story