Zeynep is from Turkey and she earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and genetics at Bogazici University in Istanbul in 2016. Same year she moved to Munich, Germany to start her master’s studies at Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU) where her focus was computational biology and bioinformatics. During her thesis work, she gained experience in several RNA sequencing and statistical data analysis methods as well as transcriptome assembly methods. Following her thesis, she worked as a scientific assistant for five months at the LMU to continue working on a project about transcriptomics analysis of early differentiation stages from induced pluripotent stem cells to neural progenitor cells in three primate species.
In September 2019, she joined the MERLN institute for her PhD work. She is now working on computational modeling of cell – extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions to understand how cell decision making is affected by changes in the ECM. Her main focus is at multiscale modeling of the mechanosensitive initiation of reversible fibroblast to myofibroblast transition, a process which is important for wound healing.