Duke University Medical Center
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Banu Metin, PhD
R&D Scientist

ATQ Biyoteknoloji
7.Cadde, 73/A, 06610-Birlik Mahallesi
Cankaya-Ankara, Turkey

Phone: +90 312 496 43 19
Fax: +90 312 496 43 18
Email: banu.metin@qiagen.com

Banu Metin

I received my PhD degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, where I studied a polyketide biosynthesis gene cluster in Aspergillus fumigatus. While working on my PhD, I also spent four months in Professor Gillian Turgeon's laboratory at Cornell University, where I worked on two projects--one which was related to my PhD research, investigating a polyketide synthase of Cochliobolus heterostrophus, and the other focused on the evolution of mating type locus Cochliobolus heterostrophus.

I joined the Heitman lab in October 2007 and worked on the evolution of the mating type locus (MAT) in the Cryptococcus species. Specifically, characterization of the MAT locus in C. neoformans and the closest relative, C. gattii as well as studies of the MAT locus of T. wingfieldii have provided insights into how this unusual locus evolved. I also worked on the characterization of MAT in a related species, C. heveanensis, in an effort to validate the proposed evolutionary model and lend new insights into the MAT locus structure and function.

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