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G. Bikem Soygur, PhD

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Postdoctoral Fellow
GulBikem.Soygur [at] ucsf.edu

I received my BSc in Biology from Eskisehir Osmangazi University and MSc in Reproductive Biology from Akdeniz University, Turkey. I started my PhD in Histology and Embryology at Akdeniz University School of Medicine, then joined the Laird lab to conduct my PhD project and received my PhD in 2018. My research focuses on the role of intercellular bridges in developing female germ cells. In particular, I’m investigating the possible roles of these unique bridge structures during major developmental events in fetal ovary such as meiosis and apoptosis. I am also interested in understanding how meiosis is initiated and the long-term effects of timing of meiosis in female germ cells. When I’m not in lab, I enjoy hiking, cooking and travelling.

Fellowships/Funding:  The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (2016-2017); UCSF Program in Breakthrough Biomedical Research (2017-2018).