It’s the end of our Meet the Fellows post, wrapping up with today’s interview with Serdar Özsezen. He is based in Groningen in Prof. Matthias Heinemann’s lab.
What is your background in science (and otherwise)? Why are you mo
tivated to work on this topic? What do you hope to accomplish during your PhD?
I have a background in chemical engineering (both bachelor and master). I wrote my master thesis on a subject that is related to computational structural biology. That was when my interest for biology started to grow. I really like computer programming and mathematical modelling.
Thus, biology is full of problems that you can tackle with computational methods and it is a lot of fun!
My ambition is to develop genuine approaches to solve some biological problems and meanwhile develop my computational skills.
What led you to decide to do a PhD?
Actually my masters led me to do a PhD because I realized that it was a really satisfying work. You have the opportunity to discover something new and acquire transferable skills meanwhile. On the other hand, you get a chance to teach the young people which could be a lot of fun as well.
It hasn’t been that long since we were interviewing for PhDs; what are some pointers you would give to students looking for a PhD to do during their undergraduate or Master’s?
They should choose a topic that they like to work on. Secondly, they should choose an advisor who they can communicate well with. These are two very important points in my experience. When you have these both, then you are a happy grad student.
What are your short-term and long-term career goals (aka, what do you want to be “when you grow up” )?
Short-term goals: Acquire enough knowledge in field of microbiology to be able to tackle my research problem.
Long-term goals: I would like to have my own open source software project (ideally related to computational biology). Also, eventually I would like to get experience in industry.
What do you like to do for fun (outside of science, of course)?
Computer music production, digital visual arts, building electronic circuits with Arduino
What is your favorite food?