Volkan is originally from Ankara, Turkey and joined the Mass. Eye and Ear (Chen Lab) in February 2020. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Medical Biology and Genetics from the Gazi University, School of Medicine where he identified a novel protein isoform, called shootin1 long isoform. He did his first post-doctoral training in the University of California, Riverside, where he focused on alternative splicing regulation of shootin1 isoforms during axonogenesis in cortical neurons. Utilizing in silico tools and databases, he developed an approach to characterize previously unknown domains, motifs or PTM sites in proteins. Thus, he discovered that shootin1 is a novel actin-binding protein, and his findings have been recently published in Neuron. Besides the shootin1 story, in UCR, he also established several useful protocols including neuronal differentiation of stem cells and generation of knock-in/out cell lines by CRISPR/Cas9. His current study in Mass. Eye and Ear focuses on neuroprotective strategies in hearing loss.
Research Areas: Neurodevelopment, Morphogenesis, Cytoskeleton, Alternative splicing, Protein characterization.
Interests: Listening to classical music, Watching movies based on true stories.