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Erhan Keles

Erhan Keles was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He started his undergraduate studies in Bioengineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2010 and transferred to Montana State University in 2011 by means of a joint program between the two institutions. During his undergraduate studies, he attended a number undergraduate research projects in biochemistry, stem cell and cancer biology. In 2013, he was a summer intern at Harvard Medical School as a Harvard Stem Cell Institute Intern. The summer project title was characterization of therapeutic stem cells and profiling host immune response to tumour growth in a syngeneic mouse Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) resection model. After completion of his undergraduate studies in 2014, he started master degree in Engineering with an emphasis in Bioengineering at Washington State University and completed the degree in 2016. The research project was elucidation of effects of cardiomyopathy-causing mutations on cardiac myofilament regulation. During this project, along with basic biochemistry skills, he gained experience in using fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and fluorescence polarization techniques to elucidate protein-protein interactions in cardiac myofilament.