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Murat Kilinc


Murat Kilinc earned his B.S in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University, Turkey, in 2011. He earned his M.S degree in 2013, focusing on various applications of peptide amphiphiles such as targeted drug delivery and regenerative scaffolds. Then, he moved into The Rockefeller University Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior in New York. There, he focused on embryonic development of giant excitatory neurons in the medullary reticular formation, which mediate generalized brain arousal. The work primarily involved utilization of molecular approaches to induce in vitro differentiation of these excitatory neurons from mouse embryonic stem cells, in addition to embryonic hindbrain culture to understand gene expression patterns of gigantocellular nucleus neurons.
 
Currently, he is working towards his Ph.D. as a Graduate Student in the Rumbaugh Lab. He is investigating molecular aberrations which result in abnormal dendritic and synaptic development within SynGAP haploinsufficient mice. By doing so, we aspire to define key proteins and posttranslational modifications tuning cortical development in terms of neuron size, synaptogenesis and network formation. 

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