Brief CV

Appointments
2017-present Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2016-present Associate-PI, ELSI Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo, Japan
2015-2018 Project Leader (Associate) (Harvard Organismic & Evolutionary Biology)
2014-2015 NASA Fellow (Harvard & Uppsala University, NASA Exobio-Evol Bio Program)
2012-2014 NASA Postdoctoral Fellow (NASA Astrobiology Institute & GT Gaucher Lab)
2005-2010 Graduate Student (Emory, Edmondson Lab, Biomolecular Chemistry)
Fall 2008 Curriculum Development Fellow (Emory, Center for Science Education)
2007-2008 NSF PRISM Teaching Fellow (Decatur High School)
2004 HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (Emory, School of Medicine)
2002-2003 Undergraduate Intern (Cognis Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG)
2000-2004 B.S. in Chemistry (Marmara Universitesi, Istanbul)

Awards and Grants (2010- present) Total $ raised: 1.55M
2018 NASA Early Career Fellow
2018-2020 NASA Exobiology Program, Origins of Life Research Grant
2017-2020 National Science Foundation, Origins of Life Research Grant
2016 NASA/NSF Ideas Lab on Origins of Life (Selected Participant)
2016 ELSI Origins Network Research Grant (PI)
2016 The John Templeton Foundation, The Big Questions Grant (Harvard, PI, 3 years)
2015 Earth-Life Science Institute Tokyo Tech Outreach Grant for SAGANet
2014 VWR Distinguished Postdoctoral Award (Georgia Tech)
2014 NASA Astrobiology Institute Outreach Grant for SAGANet
2013 NASA Astrobiology Institute, Research Scholarship
2013 NASA Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Research Grant (Science PI, 3 years)
2012 NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship, NASA Astrobiology Institute
2012 NASA Astrobiology Early Career Collaboration Award
2010 NASA Astrobiology Institute, Graduate Student Travel Scholarship

Institutional Service
2016-present Co-PI, NASA Astrobiology Institute, Reliving the History of Life Can7      
2016-present Associate Member, Harvard Origins of Life Initiative
2015-present Global Science Coordinator (ELSI Origins Network), Tokyo, Japan
2012-present Research Scientist, Blue Marble Space Institute of Science

Community Service
2018 Organizer, Exobiology Plenary Lecture, ASM General Meeting, GA
2017 Scientific Organizing Committee, NASA Astrobiology Science Conference, AZ
2017 Scientific Organizing Committee, Universal Biology Workshop, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Co-organizer, Workshop on Proto-computation and Proto-life, Harvard, MA
2016-present Board of Advisors, BioBuilder Foundation
2016 Organizing Committee, 2nd ASM Conference on Microbial Evolution, DC
2015 Session Chair, Astrobiology Science Conference, AbSciCon, Chicago, IL
2014 Organizing Committee, 1st ASM Conference on Microbial Evolution, DC
2014 Science Program Organizer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symp, Turkey
2013-2014 Founder and Organizer, Evolution Seminar Series at Georgia Tech
2013  Chair, Gordon Research Seminar on Microbial Population Biology, Andover, MA
2012-present Co-founder, SAGANet Astrobiology e-Mentoring and Outreach Network
2012 Organizing Committee, NASA Astrobiology Science Conference, Atlanta, GA
2012 Organizing Committee, NASA Astrobiology Institute Workshop without Walls
2011 Founder, NASA Origins of Life Young Investigators Focus Group
2010 Co-Chair, Astrobiology Research Focus Group for Young Investigators, Ennis, MT