Volkan earned his B.S. in Biology at Ankara University in 2006. After graduation, he matriculated in a MSc, PhD graduate program in the department of Medical Biology and Genetics at Gazi University School of Medicine in Turkey. Volkan’s graduate work focused on identifying novel protein isoforms contributing to axon formation. He received his Ph.D. in 2014.

Soon after graduation from the doctoral program, he was appointed as a junior faculty member at Erzincan University School of Medicine, and he served as a member of Research and Curriculum Committee for one year.

Then, he pursued his postdoctoral training at the University of California, Riverside where he focused on understanding functional diversity in alternatively spliced isoforms and neuron-specific protein repertoire participating in neurodevelopment. During his postdoctoral studies, he also developed an approach to characterize previously unreported domains, motifs or PTM sites in target proteins utilizing in silico tools. Thus, he discovered that Shtn1 gene encodes a novel actin-binding protein, which comes into play during early axonogenesis. His skill set ranges from scientific reasoning and problem solving to ESC/hiPSC culture, gene editing and bioinformatics.

He joined Zheng-Yi Chen's Lab in February 2020 as a postdoc scholar. In his current study, Volkan will apply his neurobiology, stem cell differentiation and RNA-seq background to develop neuroprotective and regenerative strategies in hearing loss. 

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