Dr. Berna Sözen Received the NIH New Innovator Award

Dr. Berna Sözen from Yale School of Medicine has received the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) New Innovator Award, a prestigious award that recognizes “unusually innovative” work by early career scientists.

Dr. Berna Sözen is an assistant professor in Yale’s Departments of Genetics and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. As a Ph.D. candidate and postdoctoral researcher, she helped develop models of early embryogenesis in mammals. 

Dr. Sözen earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Akdeniz University, Turkey in 2009. She obtained a MSc in Reproductive Biology in 2013 and a PhD in Developmental Biology in 2018 at Akdeniz University School of Medicine. During her MSc she worked with Prof. Tom P. Fleming at the University of Southampton, UK (2012), and during her PhD she worked with Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz at the University of Cambridge, UK (2015-2018). She then undertook her post-doctoral research first at Cambridge (2018-2019), and later at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (2019-2020) with Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz. In 2020, Berna joined the Yale faculty as Bohmfalk Scholar Assistant Professor to establish her independent research group at Yale Department of Genetics.

Source: Yale University