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New Research on Mammal Cells is Expected to Generate Treatment for Cancer & Developmental Disorders
By: Koç University
The European Research Council (ERC) granted 1.6 million euros to Assoc. Prof. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar (Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, School of Medicine) for her project. Named "SatelliteHomeostasis:
The results of the project are expected to have broad implications in unveiling how cells organize its cytoplasm in time and space appropriate to its differentiation status, environment, and organismal health. In the long-term, these results will provide new insight into the defects underlying developmental and metabolic diseases such as obesity, blindness, and infertility;
First Researcher in Life Sciences who Received a Second Starting Grant
Assoc. Prof. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar is the first researcher to receive this support twice in life sciences. In 2015, she received her first ERC Starting Grant with her project "Dissecting the Function and Regulation of Centriolar Satellites: Key Regulators of the Centrosome/Cilium Complex – CentSatRegFunc"
ERC is known to acknowledge the career breaks of women due to maternity leave and extend their application for eligibility for 18 additional months for each child. This in part is the reason that made Assoc. Prof. Prof. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar eligible for a second starting grant. She says that the eligibility extensions for career breaks are essential for increasing diversity in academia and creating more inclusive environments in the face of the leaky pipeline problem. She hopes that her success in securing 2 ERC Starting Grants will set an example to other researchers in dreaming big, working hard, and persisting.