Lab Members

Elif Aysimi Duman
elif.duman@boun.edu.tr

 

Principal Investigator

Elif Aysimi Duman is a biopsychologist, conducting research mainly on gene-environment interactions related to individual differences in social behavior. She received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Istanbul Technical University, followed by taking a year of psychology courses at Bogazici University. She then completed her Ph.D. in Biopsychology at Stony Brook University, New York. In her dissertation, she investigated how early life stress and a genetic variation in the serotonergic system interacts to influence differences in DNA methylation, gene expression and cortisol response. Since 2012, she is working as an Assistant Professor at the Psychology Department of Bogazici University, conducting research in the Psychoepigenetics Lab with students from various disciplines, combining psychological, genetic and epigenetic research approaches to understand individual differences in behavior.

http://www.psychology.boun.edu.tr/ElifAysimiDuman

Nilay Ateşyakar
nilay.atesyakar@boun.edu.tr

Graduate Student

B.A. Psychology, 2016, Doğuş University

Nilay received her BA degree in Psychology from Doğuş University (2016), and graduated with the first rank in the university. During her undergraduate years, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant both in PsychoEpigenetics Laboratory and Psychobiology Laboratory at Bogazici University. Upon her graduation, she had carried out an Erasmus internship in Prof. Kate Jeffery’s Laboratory at University College London for a year. She worked on a project designed to assess how the sequences of place cell activity in the dorsal hippocampus may contribute to goal-directed navigation in rats.

She is a master student under supervision of Asst. Prof. Elif Aysimi Duman in Bogazici University. She currently works on a project aimed to investigate prenatal exposure to maternal stress and its interaction with serotonin transporter genotype and HPA-axis activity. She also assists in ongoing projects in Psychobiology Laboratory under supervision of Asst. Prof. Güneş Ünal and Prof. Reşit Canbeyli.

During her leisure time, she enjoys tap dancing, painting and photography.

Publications and Posters

Duvelle, E., Ateşyakar, N., Makdah, G., & Jeffery, K. (Jun, 2017). Finding one’s way in the hexamaze:  Rat navigation in complex space. Poster Presentation on Jun 14, 2017 at Urban Wayfinding and the Brain Conference, University College London, London, UK.

Yilmaz, D., Dedeoglu, G., Atesyakar, N., Alashan, D., Buyukyabat, C., Adibelli, E., Tiryaki, S. & Canbeyli, R. (Nov, 2016). The Effects of Paw Lateralization and Time of Testing on Behavioral Despair in Wistar Rats. Poster Presentation on Nov 12-16, 2016 at the 46th Society for Neuroscience's Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

Ateşyakar, N., Öztop, P., & Arık, E. (Sept, 2016). The Concept of Creativity. Poster Presentation on Sept 5-7, 2016 at the 19th biennial meeting of the Turkish Psychology Society, Izmir, Turkey.

Ateşyakar, N., Yılmaz, O. & Bahçekapılı, H. (Sept, 2016). The Effect of Punishing and Non-Punishing Secular Authority on Prejudice: The Case of Turkey. Poster Presentation on Sept 5-7, 2016 at the 19th biennial meeting of the Turkish Psychology Society, Izmir, Turkey.

Ateşyakar, N., Yılmaz, O. & Bahçekapılı, H. (Jun, 2014). Does Reminders of Secular Authority Reduce (or Increase) Distrust of Atheists as well as General Prejudice? The Case of Turkey. Paper presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Turkish Psychology Student Society, Samsun, Turkey.

 

Gizem Dedeoğlu
gizem.dedeoglu@boun.edu.tr

Graduate Student

B.Sc. Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2014, Bogazici University

Gizem has received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bogazici University in 2014 and continues her education in Psychobiology in Bogazici University under supervision of Asst. Prof. Elif Duman. Her research interests involves effects of sleep and stress on awakening cortisol of participants; as well as genetic and environmental factors of depression and their interaction. She has worked in a project of Peg Lab investigating gene environment interaction of undergraduate students in 2014 and would work in continuum of the project. She is also actively working in one of the Peg Lab projects investigating childcare chaos and its interaction with HPA-axis activation and DNA methylation. She is the laboratory assistant of two Psychobiology laboratories including Peg Lab and responsible from conducting experiments and management of the laboratories.

Publications and Posters

Dedeoglu G., Akcay Usun H., Caglayan A., Soyman E., and Canbeyli R. The impact of lateralization as expressed by paw-preference on depressive-like behavior and spatial learning in rats. Poster presentation presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, New Orleans, USA, 2012.

Tunckol E., Soyman E., Dedeoglu G., Lacin E., and Canbeyli R. Left-pawed rats are more prone to age-related cognitive decline, which can be prevented by early experience. SfN (105.22). New Orleans, 2012

Dedeoglu G., Ergin K.C., Duman E.A. The Effect of Sleep Duration and Perceived Stress on Cortisol Awakening Response of Undergraduate Students. EBBS, Italy, 2015.

Ergin, K.C., Dedeoglu. G., & Duman, E.A. The Role of Chronotype and Big-Five Personality Factors on Cortisol Awakening Response. Poster presentation, 12-15 September 2015, EBBS 2015, Verona

Alev Ecevitoğlu
alev.ecevitoglu@gmail.com

Graduate Student

B.Sc. Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2016, Bogazici University

When Alev was senior in Molecular Biology and Genetics, she was already an intern in the psychobiology laboratories  in Bogazici University; and helped with the ongoing project about Cortisol Awaking Response. After her graduation, she started as a graduate student in Psychobiology field again in Bogazici University. She also participated in Erasmus programme in Biosciences field, at Kent University England. She's interested in stress, depression and psychopathological disorders with relation to their genetic background and especially DNA methylation status. Also, she is questioning how gene-environment interactions are affecting depression and behaviour. Besides, she likes dancing, scuba diving, playing video games and drawing in her spare time.

Kardelen Canan Ergin
kardelen.ergin@boun.edu.tr

Graduate Student

B.Sc. Chemistry, 2014, Bogazici University

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Chemistry, Boğaziçi University 2014, she is continuing her education in Psychobiology as a master’s student. While her academic interests include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep, her personal interests also include time perception, gaming, autism spectrum disorder, and learning disorders. She is in charge of the psychology part of our psychoepigenetics laboratory. Briefly her responsibilities are behavioral paradigm training, scheduling and keeping track of experimental sessions, workload follow-up and data entry.
In her spare time she enjoys reading e-books, making cross-stitch patterns, playing PC games and rollerblading.

Publications and Posters

Ergin, K.C.* & Gülhan, D.* The Cheerleader Effect? Female, Male, and Watch Faces. Poster presentation, 8 May 2016, ISBCS 2016, Istanbul. * Equal contribution

Ergin, K.C., Dedeoglu. G., & Duman, E.A. The Role of Chronotype and Big-Five Personality Factors on Cortisol Awakening Response. Poster presentation, 12-15 September 2015, EBBS 2015, Verona

Dedeoglu G., Ergin K.C., & Duman E.A. The Effect of Sleep Duration and Perceived Stress on Cortisol Awakening Response of Undergraduate Students. Poster presentation, 12-15 September 2015, EBBS 2015, Verona

Rezan Nehir Mavioğlu
nehir.mavioglu@boun.edu.tr

Graduate student

B.Sc. Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2015, Bogazici University 

Nehir received her BSc degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) from Boğaziçi University (2015), and she is currently a master student in our lab. During her bachelor studies, apart from her work in our lab, she worked with Dr. Aslı Tolun from MBG department and investigated the genes responsible from some rare neurological diseases. She also worked as an intern in Vrije University Amsterdam with Dr. Meike Bartels about heritability of optimism in adolescent twins, and in University of Würzburg with Dr. Klaus-Peter Lesch’s team in the effects of fear conditioning in Tph2 knockouts, and effects of some drugs on neurogenesis in mice.

She is curious about how and why individual differences in human behavior occur. She is currently interested in gene-environment interactions in stress-related behavior, and underlying epigenetic mechanisms. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her cat, cooking and reading.

Publications and Posters

Mavioğlu, R. N., Eroğlu, F., Dedeoğlu, G., Corapci, F., & Duman, E. A. Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Preschoolers’ Social Competence: Moderation by Serotonin Transporter Genotype and Sex. Poster Presentation on April 6-8, 2017 in SRCD 2017, Austin TX. 

Mavioğlu, R.N. & Duman, E.A. (2016). Changes in HPA-axis Reactivity by Subjective Well-Being: Impact of Loneliness, Gender and Serotonin Transporter Genotype. Poster presentation in the 46th International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology Conference, September 8-11, 2016, Miami, USA.

Kim, M., Sandford, E., Gatica, D. Qiu, Y., Schulman, B.A., Xu, J., Semple, I., Ro, S.H., Mavioğlu, R.N., Tolun, A., Jipa, A., Takats, S., Karpati, M., Li, J., Yapici, Z., Juhasz, G., Lee, J.H., Klionsky, D.J., Burmeister, M. (2016). Mutation in ATG5 reduces autophagy and leads to ataxia with developmental delay. eLife, e12245. 

Kursuncu, S*., Mavioğlu, R.N*., & Duman, E.A. (2015). Relationship Between Subjective Well-Being and Cortisol Awakening Response: Moderation by Serotonin Transporter Genotype. Poster presentation on Sept 12-15, 2015 in EBBS 2015, Verona * Equal contribution 

Mavioğlu, R.N., Kara, B., & Tolun, A. (2015). Searching for a gene responsible from cerebellar ataxia and mild intellectual disability. Poster presentation on June 6-9, 2015 in ESHG 2015, Glasgow

Mavioğlu, R. N., Boomsma, D. I., & Bartels, M. (2015) .Causes of individual differences in adolescent optimism: a study in Dutch twins and their siblings. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1-8. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-015-0680-x]