International Student Gizem Donmez

Not every scientist in the United States originally studied in the United States. Many professionals are drawn to the United States for career opportunities. Gizem Donmez currently works and researches in the United States, but she is an experienced international student. Many university students are familiar with studying abroad, but Gizem Donmez spent more than just a semester in a foreign country.

Gizem Donmez completed her undergraduate degree in Turkey, where she is originally from. She attended Middle East Technical University in Turkey from 1996 to 2000. Gizem Donmez decided to leave her home to complete her advanced degrees in Germany. She was accepted into the international master and PhD program of Molecular Biology at Gottingen University in Gottingen, Germany.

In two years, Gizem Donmez completed her master’s degree. After 2002, Gizem Donmez worked on completing her PhD. She successfully graduated with her PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry in 2007.

Gizem Donmez completed one degree in Turkey and her two advanced degrees in Germany. Gizem Donmez was never afraid to travel. She went where she wanted to advance her career as a scientist. After graduating with her PhD, Gizem Donmez was accepted to MIT for her postdoctoral fellowship. Her postdoctoral fellowship was conducted from 2007 to 2011.

Since 2007, Gizem Donmez has conducted research related to neurodegenerative disease in the United States. It was in 2011 that Gizem Donmez was hired as an assistant professor at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. While Gizem Donmez loves her position in Boston, she is aware of the many great universities in Europe and elsewhere. Gizem Donmez encourages people to look outside their own countries for research and educational opportunities. From her own experience, Gizem Donmez can highly recommend Max Planck Institute in Germany.  For students interested in molecular biology, she recommends the Max Planck Institute as one of the finest schools of study in Germany.

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