Assoc. Prof. Güneş Özhan-Baykan ………..Group Leader gunes

Güneş is a molecular and developmental biologist. After completing her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen and working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Biotechnology Center of TU Dresden, she moved to her hometown Izmir in 2014, to achieve her vision of establishing an independent lab in a top-notch biomedical research center in this lovely city. Upon her return, she has been successively awarded with several grants and highly prestigious awards that helped her to start research at iBG. Nevertheless, her best award was to encounter several brilliant and talented people who decided to join the lab and without whom nothing would have been possible. She loves swimming and singing. She is also pretty good at solving puzzles, even those complicated ones in real life!

Ebru Turhanlar, M.Sc……………….Lab Manager & Technician

Yeliz Demirci-Garanli, M.Sc ….Predoctoral Student

Yeliz GARANLIYeliz graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Biology. She completed Master’s degree at Ankara University, Institute of Biotechnology. After working at Yeditepe University, Department of Basic Medical Sciences for seven years, she decided to continue her career as a research assistant at Izmir University of Economics, Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is now resuming her doctorate studies at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute in Özhan Lab. She is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of brain regeneration and glioma formation using the zebrafish model. Yeliz enjoys taking landscape photographs and being in nature.

Özgün Özalp, M.Sc ………………………Predoctoral Student

ozgun.jpgÖzgün graduated from Ege University with a Bachelor degree in Biology. He did an Erasmus internship in the Max F. Perutz Laboratories in Vienna Biocenter. Then, he obtained his Master’s degree in Medical Biology from Ege University. His Master thesis was about drug combination on brain cancer stem cells. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD degree at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute. His research focuses on regulation of canonical Wnt signaling at the plasma membrane. In addition, he likes learning new languages and collecting postcards.

Yağmur Azbazdar, M.Sc………….Predoctoral Student


Yağmur received her B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry at Ege University  in June 2015.  As part of her undergraduate project, she worked on protein purification and enzymatic digestion. During her internship at the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of IZTECH, she gained experience in molecular biology applications and protein purification techniques. She completed her Master’s degree at Özhan Lab in 2017. She is interested in how the plasma membrane is mechanistically involved in regulation of Wnt signaling. Yağmur likes to watch scary/horror movies and loves to eat limonette cheesecake. She enjoys ice skating and walking by the seashore.

Esra Katkat……………………………………Master’s Student

esra3Esra joined our lab in October 2016 right after receiving her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Istanbul Technical University. She did internships at Istanbul University and IZTECH. Her graduation project mainly aimed at screening the genetic stability of S. Cerevisiae strains that have caffeine stress tolerance. Currently, she is a Master’s student at Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute in Dokuz Eylül University. She is interested in melanoblasts and regeneration of melanocytes in zebrafish models.Esra enjoys nature walks, swimming, reading books and video games. Moreover, she loves spending time with her lovely cat.

Gökhan Cucun…………………………….Master’s Student

img_4842-e1510064810749.jpgGökhan graduated from Ege University Department of Biology, majored in Molecular Biology and Genetics. He did internship in plant stress physiology lab. His undergraduate thesis focused on understanding the effects of arsenic on mitochondria alternative electron sinks in Arabidopsis. Gökhan had an opportunity to work as a trainee in Özhan lab when he was an undergraduate student. During his internship he was fascinated by the regeneration ability of the zebrafish. Currently, he is a Master’s student in Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Institute and he is working on brain regeneration in adult zebrafish as a model system. He enjoys swimming and learning French.

Özge Çark………………………………………Master’s Student

ozgecark.jpgÖzge joined our lab in February 2018. She received her B.Sc. degree from Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) in Molecular Biology and Genetics. While she was an undergraduate student, she met Güneş Özhan and got introduced to the zebrafish model in a conference organized by YABITO science club at IZTECH. This meeting helped her to clarify her ideas about her future career and she did her summer internship in our lab. Currently, she is a Master’s student at IBG. She is working on generation and characterization of zebrafish knockout lines using CRISPR/Cas9 system. She likes reading about history, mythology and ancient people beliefs. She enjoys Japanese culture, literature and animes. She even claims that her honorary grandfather is Hayao Miyazaki. Özge plays bağlama (saz), a traditional Turkish musical instrument.

Lab Alumni

Betül Haykır, Former MSc student

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İsmail Küçükaylak, Former MSc Student


Dr. Ansarullah, Former Postdoctoral Fellow