CRG, Barcelona


Elvan studied Molecular Biology & Genetics for her undergraduate degree in METU (ODTU) in her native Turkey. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class, and gave the commencement speech to roughly 2000 fellow graduates in 2008. Elvan then performed her PhD in Cancer Research UK - Manchester Institute (CRUK-MI) where she worked on the cell division of a type of yeast that is used as a model system to understand cancer in humans (Grallert*, Boke* et al. 2015, Nature). Next, she moved to Boston, USA to work with Professor Tim Mitchison (Harvard Medical School) for her postdoctoral studies on the organisation of the cytoplasm in oocytes, female germ cells that become eggs (Boke et al., Cell, 2016). In 2017, Elvan started her own lab in CRG, Barcelona and received an ERC Starting Grant the same year. Elvan’s lab studies strategies and mechanisms through which oocytes evade ageing for decades, and why these strategies eventually fail with advanced maternal age. Elvan is recently selected to be an EMBO Young Investigator (2021).