I was born in Izmir (Turkey) and got my university degree from Middle East Technical University. I also finished my Master`s in Science degree in the same University Biotechnology Department, which was about molecular characterization of Blumeria graminis f. sp. Hordei using AFLP markers. I worked in a private company, which is specialized in rare molecular genetic diseases and cancer as a molecular biologist and bio-analyst, but sequencing and analyzing the mutations was not enough for me and I could not stop thinking about the reasons behind those mutations. So here I am! I am so happy to be a part of Arkan group. I am studying microbiome and glycans as potential diagnostic and prognostic markers for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma, and Microbiome profile changes in patients with GI cancers. In my spare times I go on experimenting in my kitchen or have long walks.
Dr. Matthias Schewe
I was born in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy) and did my university studies in Pavia (Italy), where I studied origins of DNA replication. I pursued my PhD studies At Erasmus Medical Center (Netherlands) in the laboratory of Dr. Riccardo Fodde, where I studied how Paneth cells regenerate the gut being niche cells under homeostasis and becoming stem cells under tissue injury and inflammation as well as elucidating key metabolic features of both stem cells and Paneth cells. Scientifically passionate about the stem cell niche, stem cell fate and regeneration, circadian rhythm, microbiome and IBD. When I am not busy rejecting the Los Angeles Lakers offers to play for them I like to play some basketball, cook and listen to music.
I am Anna from a small but lovely town Kanash (Russia). I studied for a Master’s degree in Biotechnology in Saint Petersburg Technical University (Russia) and I worked on my Master’s Thesis in the lab of Seamus Martin on the apoptotic and inflammatory signaling pathways in cancer cells. My curiosity for the cutting-edge topic of the gut microbiome and diet in cancer has led me to the research group of Dr. Canan Arkan. There I could start working with mouse models and study how gut works, how bugs and metabolism keep human individuals healthy and happy, or on the contrary, are connected to diseases. Also colleagues call me a bioinformatics freak, because I love to learn how to analyze data and express it in a fancy way. Beside science I love travelling and photography and still dream to become a star in a movie, where I would play a smart scientist.