RSG-Turkey aims to establish a framework for the communication and interaction of the students and post-docs working in computational biology and bioinformatics in Turkey, as well as connecting the young Turkish community to its international counterparts. Our main objective is to provide an environment to share the knowledge and experience within the young scientists from various institutions and promote collaboration among them. Moreover, RSG-Turkey plans to expand training and work opportunities of students and researchers in the earlier years of their career. Although computational biology and bioinformatics is a relatively new research area, several groups are performing high quality research in Turkey and the number of students (undergraduates and graduates) and young investigators is substantially high. However, there is an organizational gap for students to convert this high potential into fruitful discussions, information sharing and being aware of each other’s research. There are several nation-wide conferences and workshops regularly taking place in different cities. One of our mission will be bridging the organizational gap e.g. through getting involved in these activities and announcing them. This regional student council will serve to several universities and closely collaborate with the Bioinformatics Council, a recently established national organization which we percieve as the Turkish counterpart of the ISCB. In this way, this student organization will help introducing the industrial and academic research in computational biology and bioinformatics area. Due to the limited range of applications in industry, computational biology and bioinformatics is not a very well-known area among students in Turkey. Encouraging the undergraduates to become more familiar with this field will be another goal for our community. In this means, we are going to arrange short talk series given by local and foreign researchers working in this area, in order to popularize the topic. Additionally, we are going to set up information desks in student centers of the universities to advertise computational biology and bioinformatics.

about us

Who we are?

RSG-Turkey is a member of The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Student Council (SC) Regional Student Groups (RSG). We are a non-profit community composed of early career researchers interested in computational biology!

What we do?

So far we have organized annual symposiums across Turkey. We have ongoing webinar project on Bioinfonet to expand our knowledge with others. We also have student presentation series with a goal to promote our research area. Workshops are coming soon!

Anyone interested in computational biology & bioinformatics is welcome to join our community. We love meeting new people, join our growing network now!


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Mapping Human Tissue Architecture and Pathology Using Spatial Transcriptomics

Presenter Dr. Ömer Ali Bayraktar Dr. Bayraktar did his postdoc with David Rowitch at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Cambridge as a Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellow. During his postdoc,..

Understanding Disease Mechanistic for Better Drug Design

Presenter Dr. Ayesha Fatima Dr. Fatima is a pharmacist by profession. She graduated from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, went to Malaysia for M.Sc and PhD. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a..

Language Models Can Learn Complex Functional Properties of Proteins

Presenter Serbülent Ünsal Serbulent Unsal received her B.Sc. degree in Statistics and Computer Sciences from Karadeniz Technical University in Turkey. Following his graduation he continued his M.Sc. degree in Medical Informatics from Middle East Technical..

Computational Challenges in Protein-RNA Interactions

Presenter Asst. Prof. Yaron Orenstein Yaron Orenstein is a Senior Lecturer and the head of the Computational Biology lab at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Yaron completed..

Open Student Webinars Acıbadem University

Presenters Alara Erenel The Co-Occurrence of X, Y, and Z SNPs in BRCA1 Gene: an in silico Investigation Abstract Breast Cancer (BC) is the most common cancer type seen in women and the third most..

Novel full-length transcriptome analysis workflow ‘Nexons’ to uncover the regulation of poison exons in splicing factors in human germinal centre B cells

Presenter Özge Gizlenci Ozge Gizlenci received her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Following her graduation in 2015, she continued her M.Sc. degree in Molecular Biosciences with..

Deep Learning for Medical Image Analysis

Presenter Prof. Çiğdem Gündüz Demir Çiğdem Gündüz Demir received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from Boğaziçi University in 1999 and 2001, respectively, and her Ph.D. degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic..

Modelling Complex Microbial Communities Using Metagenomic Data

Presenter Assoc. Prof. Niranjan Nagarajan Dr. Nagarajan is Associate Director and Senior Group Leader in the Genome Institute of Singapore, and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Department of Computer Science at the..

Open Student Webinars – Gebze Technical University

Presenters Dilara Uzuner Transcriptional landscape of cellular networks reveal interactions driving the dormancy mechanisms in cancer Abstract Primary cancer cells exert unique capacity to disseminate and nestle in distant organs. Once seeded in secondary sites,..


As one of the biggest studen-driven organizations in Turkey, we are familiar with the challenges the students, especially the post-graduate students face. One of these problems the students face is not having enough time or..