Murat Tuğrul

Phd Student in Nick Barton's group at IST-Austria

Research:

In my PhD, I aim at understanding evolution of trancriptional gene regulation by combining biophysical models with population genetic research framework. Particulary, I try to understand evolutionary dynamics of transcription factor binding sites in enhancer and promoter regions as well as evolution of gene-gene interactions (aka, gene network).
(Advisor: Nick Barton, Co-Advisor: Gasper Tkacik)


(See my CV for detailed information)

Education:

2009, M.Sc. in Physics, IFISC, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2007, M.Sc. in Computational Sci., KU, Istanbul, Turkey
2005, B.Sc. in Physics (major) and Philosophy (minor), METU, Ankara, Turkey

Selected Publications:

- MT, Tiago Paixao, Nick Barton, Gasper Tkacik. (2015) "Dynamics of Transcription Factor Binding Site Evolution," Plos Genetics [PDF] [Web][ArXiv]
- Stephanie Keller-Schmidt, MT, Victor M. Eguiluz, Emilio Hernandez-Garcia, and Konstantin Klemm. (2015) "Anomalous scaling in an age-dependent branching model," Physical Review E [PDF][Web][ArXiv]
- MT & Alkan Kabakcioglu, 2010, "Anomalies in the transcriptional regulatory network of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae", Journal of Theoretical Biology, [PDF][Web][ArXiv]

Organizational & Teaching Experience:

- Co-organizer of the workshops on Quantitative Evolutionary Biology in 2013 [link] and in 2014 [link] in Math Village (near Izmir) in Turkey.
- In the organizing committee of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium in 2014 [link] in Istanbul in Turkey.
- Teaching Physics & Mathematics in high school & university freshman levels

Outreach:

- Teaching Physics & Evolutionary Biology to 6-10 year old kids in Sommer Campus at IST Austria in 2014 & 2015.
- A series of history of science articles on Viennese scientists & coffee houses (in colloboration with M. Naroglu, published in Bilim ve Gelecek, a popular science journal in Turkish): Freud & Cafe Landtmann (February, 2014) [pdf]; Goedel & Cafe Central (April, 2014) [pdf]; Boltzmann & Cafe Jelinek (August, 2014) [pdf]; Schroedinger & Cafe Afro (December, 2014)[pdf]

Anyways, feel free to contact me: mtugrul AT ist.ac.at