I entered the physics department at Bilkent University in 2004 and got my B.Sc. in 2008. Bilkent is one of the best universities in Turkey!
I moved to İstanbul in 2008 to do my masters at Koç University on a scholarship from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). I worked with Tekin Dereli on classical relativity. I defended my thesis titled “2+1 Dimensional Gravity Theories” in 2010.
I came to the University of Washington (UW) in 2010 to do my Ph.D. in physics. I joined the particle theory group in 2011 and started working with Ann Nelson on particle phenomenology. Specifically I work on beyond the Standard Model (BSM) theories. My first work was on massive gluons that couple axially to quarks. After that I started working on the baryogenesis problem, driven by the question: Why is there so much more matter than antimatter in the Universe? This is one of the most important questions that fuel the interest in BSM models, together with dark matter and the origin of neutrino masses. Tied with the matter – antimatter asymmetry of the Universe, my work globally covers new sources of charge-parity symmetry violation (charge-parity symmetry turns a right-going particle into a left-going antiparticle, like seeing your anti-twin on a mirror as your reflection). I finished my PhD in summer of 2015.
I was the Balzan Fellow at New College, Oxford in spring of 2015. I worked on a model to explain the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the Universe. My model includes a particle (a pseudo-Dirac bino) which undergoes particle-antiparticle oscillations. Due to these oscillations, the bino can decay to baryons more than antibaryons. I also worked on collider signatures of this model.
I worked at Fermilab as a postdoctoral researcher between 2015 and 2017. Together with my collaborators, I worked on a supersymmetric model to explain why neutrinos have masses. In our model, the supersymmetric partner of the photon, bino, plays the role of a right-handed neutrino and induces what is called an inverse-seesaw mechanism.
Currently I am a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine. I continue to study the mysteries of our universe!