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PhD projects

-Identification of candidate regulatory genes in colorectal cancer (CRC)

-Identification of subgroups and survival analysis in pancreatic cancer

-Circular RNA-miRNA-target gene association in cancer

Personal profile


I am an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in CIS department and joined the team in 2020 August; currently holding two roles as: i) Programme Leader of our BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence course, ii) Departmental Coordinator of International Student/Staff Mobility Programmes (e.g. Turing scheme).

​I received my BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Department of Computer Engineering from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2005, 2007, and 2013 respectively. I gained the FHEA recognition in April 2022 (reference number: PR239818).

Between 2015 and 2018, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, with a focus in bioinformatics and computational biology fields. During that period, I have been awarded with two postdoctoral fellowships: i) American Heart Association for two years and ii) UCLA Iris Cantor/Women’s Health Center Postdoctoral Fellowship for one year.
Later on, I worked as an assistant professor in Department of Computer Engineering at Yildiz Technical University between 2018 and 2020. 
My research interests include bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, image processing, and machine learning. Feel free to contact me or ask me your questions about my research topics.
My office is located at the CIS building, 3rd floor, office # 308. Please send me an email in advance to meet me, unless it is at office hour time.

Research interests

Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Statistics, and Machine Learning

Awards in these fields

An Integrative Wellbeing Framework and Open Online System for NHS and Integrated Care Staff in England and beyond - Awarded by NHS England (£40,000 Co-I, 2022)

Histological sub-classification of medulloblastoma tumours - Awarded by Northumbria University Application Seed Funding (~£13,000 Co-I, 2022).

Co-develop an integrative evaluation model and tools with NHS to support wellbeing and trauma informed care - Awarded by Northumbria University Participatory Research Evaluation Fund (£6,000 Co-I, 2022).

Impact of Qigong intervention on Wellbeing - Awarded by UWTSD Confucius Institute (~£4,000 PI, 2021)

Online Wellbeing Diary - Awarded by NHS England (£10,000 Co-I, 2021)

Identifying subtypes in pancreatic cancer with a novel single-cell RNA sequencing-based ensemble classification model- Awarded by CIS R&I ECR Support Fund (£3,500 PI, 2021)

American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship - for two years ($110,000 - awarded in 2017)

UCLA Iris Cantor/Women’s Health Center Postdoctoral Fellowship - for one year ($20,000 - awarded in 2017)

Further Information

PGR Supervision

Zoe Moorton, Start Date: 01/10/2022 (2nd supervisor is: Prof Wai Lok Woo), PhD Thesis Title: Identification of the type of the debris in marine ecosystem using explainable deep learning methods (NU RDF Funding, reference number: RDF22/EE/CIS/KURT)

Olalekan Ogundipe, Start Date: 18/01/2021 (1st supervisor: Prof Wai Lok Woo), PhD Thesis Title: Deep Neural Networks integrating functional genomics  and histopathological images data for predicting sub-types in colon cancer

Sultan Sevgi Turgut, Start Date: 14/06/2021 (1st supervisor: Prof Nizamettin Aydin from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, PhD Thesis Title: Single-Cell Analysis of the Human Pancreas by Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques

Sajjad Nematzadeh, Start Date: 14/07/2021 (1st supervisor: Prof Nizamettin Aydin) from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, PhD Thesis Title: Use of AI for Predicting Secondary Structures of RNAs and Proteins



IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Membership

American Heart Association Membership (2015-2018)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, PhD, Yildiz Technical University

Sept 200716 Dec 2013

Award Date: 16 Dec 2013

Computer Science, MSc, Yildiz Technical University

Sept 200516 Jul 2007

Award Date: 16 Jul 2007

Computer Science, BSc

Sept 200112 Jul 2005

Award Date: 12 Jul 2005


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