August 7, 2016

Dr. Bilge Birsoy, MD Ph.D.

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Dr. Bilge Birsoy, MD Ph.D.

vicepresident@trysci.org, LinkedIN
Co-founder and Vice-president

For as long as I remember, I’ve marveled at the diversity and the beauty of life on earth and I was fascinated by biology.

When I took embryology classes in medical school and came across Scott Gilbert’s Developmental Biology textbook, I knew I wanted to become a developmental biologist. After earning my M.D. degree, I joined Dr. Janet Heasman’s lab at the University of Cincinnati for my PhD and studied the maternal regulators of germ layer formation and embryonic patterning using the frog Xenopus laevis. For my postdoctoral training, I joined Dr. Joel H. Rothman’s lab at UCSB where I worked towards understanding mechanisms of left-right asymmetry using the worm C. elegans .

Currently, I am a volunteer researcher in Dr. Michael Klymkowsky’s lab at CU Boulder working with my beloved Xenopus again. Throughout my education and scientific career, biology and science education ha s been a passion for me, and I hope to instill in each person a curiosity about the world and equip them with the critical thinking skills to form informed opinions.