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Can Alkan

Can Alkan, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, April 2021 - present
Department of Computer Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Assistant Professor, January 2012 - April 2021
Department of Computer Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Acting Assistant Professor, June 2011 - January 2012
Department of Genome Sciences, U. Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
Postdoctoral Fellow, October 2005 - June 2011
Eichler Lab, Department of Genome Sciences, U. Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
Visiting Scholar, January 2004 - October 2005
School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Ph.D., Computer Science, 2005
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
B. Sc., Computer Engineering and Information Science, 2000
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey



Postdoctoral Fellows


Malavi Sengupta Malavi Sengupta

Sancar Fellow, Fall 2020 - present
Bilkent-Hacettepe Health Sciences and Technologies Program
Co-advisor: Ayça Ergüi


Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2019
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

M.Sc. Biotechnology, Spring 2014
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

B.Sc. Microbiology, Spring 2012
St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India


Nermin Celik Nermin Çelik

Postdoctoral Fellow, Spring 2021 - present

Ph.D., Bioinformatics, 2017
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

B.Sc., Computer Science, Biochemistry, and Mathematics, 2004
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia







Ph.D. Students


Fatma Balcı
Fatma Kahveci (née Balcı)

Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Engineering, Fall 2014 - present
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Spring 2014
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Mathematics, 2012
TOBB University of Economy and Technology, Ankara, Turkey



Zulal Bingol Zülal Bingöl

Ph.D. Student, Computer Engineering, Fall 2020 - present
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Summer 2020
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
(co-advised with Assoc. Prof. Özcan Öztürk)

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2017
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey





Ricardo Roman Brenes
Ricardo Román-Brenes

Ph.D. Student, Computer Engineering, Fall 2020 - present
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

M.Sc., Computer Science, Fall 2015
Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

B.Sc., Computer Science and Informatics, Fall 2010
Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica





M.Sc. Students


Gozde Yazici Gözde Yazıcı

M. Sc. Student, Computer Engineering, Spring 2021 - present
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Industrial Engineering, 2020
TOBB University of Economy and Technology, Ankara, Turkey









Mahmud Sami Aydin Mahmud Sami Aydın

M. Sc. Student, Computer Engineering, Spring 2021 - present
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2020
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey









Mahmud Sami Aydin Rafi Çoktalaş

M. Sc. Student, Computer Engineering, Fall 2021 - present
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2021
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey









Undergraduate volunteers



Oguzhan Ozcelik Oğuzhan Özçelik

undergraduate research assistant, Fall 2019- present

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2017 - present
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey












Alumni


Ph.D.


Arda Soylev Arda Söylev

now: Assistant Professor, Konya Food & Agriculture University

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Fall 2018
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Summer 2013
TOBB University of Economy and Technology, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2007
Işık University, İstanbul, Turkey





Mohammed Alser Mohammed Alser

now: Lecturer and Senior Researcher, ETH Zürich

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Summer 2018
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Co-advisor: Prof. Onur Mutlu

M.Sc., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2013
Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia

B.Sc., Computer Engineering, 20100
Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine


Pinar Kavak Pınar Kavak

now:  Software Developer, Splunk Vancouver

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Spring 2017
Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey
(co-advised with Assoc. Prof. Tunga Güngör)

Senior Researcher, 2006 - 2016
TÜBİTAK BİLGEM UEKAE, Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, 2010
Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2006
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


M.Sc.


Ezgi Ebren Ezgi Ebren

M. Sc., Computer Engineering, Fall 2020
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2016
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey









Zulal Bingol Zülal Bingöl

now: Ph.D. Student, Bilkent University.

M. Sc. Student, Computer Engineering, Summer 2029
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
(co-advised with Assoc. Prof. Özcan Öztürk)

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2017
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey






Alim Gokkaya Alim Gökkaya

now: Software Engineer, Amazon UK

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Fall 2019.
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2016
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey







Emre Dogru Emre Doğru

now: Researcher, TÜBİTAK BİLGEM

M. Sc., Computer Engineering, Summer 2019
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (transferred to our group in Summer 2017)

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2015
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey







Balanur Icen Balanur Özercan (née İçen)

now: Software Engineer, K12Net

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Summer 2019
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (transferred to our group in Spring 2017)

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2016
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey







Halil İbrahim Özercan
Halil İbrahim Özercan

now: Software Engineer, Opsgenie at Atlassian.

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Summer 2019
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2016
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey







Fatih Karaoglanoglu Fatih Karaoğlanoğlu

now: Ph.D. Student, Simon Fraser University

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Summer 2018
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2017
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey




Tugba Dogan F. Tuğba Doğan

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Spring 2018
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2015
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey









Can Firtina Can Fırtına

now: Ph.D. Student, ETH Zurich

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Fall 2017
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2015
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey






Gulfem Demir Gülfem Demir

now: Software Engineer, Facebook

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Spring 2017
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2014
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey





Azita Nouri Azita Nouri

now: Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University

Ph.D. Student, Computer Engineering, Fall 2016
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Spring 2016
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
(co-advised with Prof. Özcan Öztürk)

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2011
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran



Marzie Rasekh Marzieh Eslami Rasekh

now: Bioinformatics Scientist, Illumina
after AlkanLab: Ph.D. in Computer Science , Boston University

Ph.D. Student, Computer Engineering, Fall 2015 - Sprint 2016
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Spring 2015
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Information Technology Engineering, 2009
University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran




Elif Dal Elif Dal

now: Software Engineer, Siemens
 
M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Fall 2014
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2012
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey




Fatma Balcı Fatma Kahveci (née Balcı)

now: Ph.D. Candidate, Bilkent University

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Spring 2014
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Mathematics, 2012
TOBB University of Economy and Technology, Ankara, Turkey



Mustafa Korkmaz Mustafa Korkmaz

now: Software Engineer, Google
after
AlkanLab: Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Waterloo

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, Fall 2012
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
(co-advised with Prof. Cevdet Aykanat since February 2012)

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2010
TOBB University of Economy and Technology, Ankara, Turkey


Undergraduates and Interns



Banu Cavlak Banu Cavlak

undergraduate research assistant, Summer 2019- Spring 2021

now: M.Sc. Student, ETH Zürich

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2021
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey













Naisila Puka Naisila Puka

undergraduate research assistant, Spring 2019-2020

after
AlkanLab: Software Engineer, Microsoft

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2020
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey









Aldo Tali Aldo Tali

undergraduate research assistant, Fall 2019

after AlkanLab: Data Systems Automation Developer, Alictus

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2019
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey







Baraa Orabi Baraa Orabi

undergraduate research assistant, Spring 2016 - Summer 2017

now: Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia

B.Sc., Computer Engineering, 2017
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey








Fatemeh Hasiri
Fatemeh Hasiri

intern during Summer 2017

now: M.Sc. Student, Simon Fraser University

B. Sc., Computer Science, 2015
Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran














Ayse Dincer Ayşe Berceste Dinçer

undergraduate research assistant, Fall 2016

now: Ph.D. Student, University of Washington

B.Sc., Computer Engineering, 2017
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey








Damla Senol
Damla Şenol Çalı

volunteer undergraduate research assistant, Spring 2015

now: Software Engineer, Bionano

after AlkanLab: Ph.D. Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2015
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey






Farnush Farhadi
Farnush Farhadi

intern during Summer 2014

last seen: Machine Learning Product Engineer, Layer 6 AI

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2015
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran








Vineet Bhakhar
Vineet Bhakhar

intern during Summer 2014

last seen: Product Manager, Chillr

B. Tech., Biotechnology, 2015
IIT Guwahati, India.






Atalay Mert Ileri
Atalay Mert İleri

volunteer undergraduate research assistant, Spring 2014

now: Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2014
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey










Yigit Kucuk Yiğit Küçük


volunteer undergraduate research assistant, Spring 2012 - 2014

now: Ph.D. Candidate, Case Western Reserve University

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2014
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey








Can Kockan Can Koçkan

volunteer undergraduate research assistant, Fall 2012 - 2014

now: Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University

M. Sc., Computer Science, 2016
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Camada

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2014
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey



Serhat Kıyak Serhat Kıyak

volunteer undergraduate research assistant, Spring 2013 - 2014

last seen: Software Engineer, Microsoft


B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2010 - 2014
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey





Others


Mete Han Kahraman Mete Han Kahraman

M. Sc. Student, Computer Engineering, Fall 2019
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

(left the program in Spring 2020)

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2018
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey









shatlyk Shatlyk Ashyralyev



Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Engineering, Fall 2013 - 2016
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
(co-advised with Prof. Cevdet Aykanat, left the program in 2016)

M.Sc., Computer Engineering, 2013
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

B. Sc., Computer Engineering, 2010
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


Dilek Genc Dilek Genç

M.Sc. Student, Computer Engineering, Fall 2015
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
(left the program in 2016)

B. A., Anthropology, 2014
City University of New York - Hunter College, New York, NY, USA