- Croucher Cambridge International Scholarship in 2016 at University of Cambridge
Aydan obtained his BA in Natural Sciences (Biological) from the University of Cambridge. His final year thesis involved working under the supervision of Dr. Darerca Owen to study the thermodynamics of the Cdc42-WASP interacting interface. After pursuing biochemical knowledge at the undergraduate level, Aydan decided to extend his interests in biochemistry and apply his skills and knowledge in the field of immunology.
2016 - 2020 (PhD)
Recent developments in genome sequencing and gene editing technology have allowed the application of large scale genetic screens. Out of the currently available gene editing technologies, CRISPR stands out by offering particularly reliable and efficient gene edition, leading to the term coined "CRISPR screen" to study biological processes.
In his PhD, Aydan performed CRISPR screens to identify novel regulators of immune responses under the supervision of Dr. Andrew McKenzie. Such information will address our current knowledge gaps, as well as the potential to identify new therapeutic targets for immune disorders.
2020 - Current
Having successfully identified multiple novel regulators of immune responses, Aydan will continue as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Andrew McKenzie to further characterise the role and therapeutic potential of newly identified targets.