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I obtained my B.A degree in Chemistry at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. I earned my B.S. at University of Paris 6 and Ph.D in Biochemistry at University of Paris 12, in France. Then, I did postdoctoral work with Dr. Catherine Joyce at Yale University before moving to UNC in 2012.

My research focuses on the basic studies of DNA replication using Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1) as a model system. I follow a combination of biochemical and structural approaches to study the replication modes following infection and during the lytic cycle. I am also involved in several projects in the lab including protein-DNA interaction of mitochondrial single-strand DNA binding protein and the visualization of 3D structure of some of HSV-1 replication factors.

When I don`t work in the lab, I follow my other passion and I spend my time in the mountains. I love climbing under each form: rock, ice, alpine climbing, bouldering and high altitude mountaineering. My climbing adventures encompass expeditions in Himalayas, mountaineering in French and Swiss Alps and single and multi-pitch rock climbing in USA, Europe, England, North Wales, Australia, South Africa and Mexico.

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