Current work and interests
Mesut is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Genetic Epidemiology (lead by Dr Claudia Langenberg) with the Aetiology of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders programme , which mainly studies the genetic aetiology of common metabolic disorders such as Type-2 diabetes and obesity.
Background and experience
Before joining the Unit Mesut worked from Nov 2015 to Dec 2018 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Leicester, under Professors Martin Tobin and Louise Wain. The group was mainly interested in the genetic aetiology of common respiratory diseases (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma) and related traits (e.g. lung function, smoking behaviour, blood pressure). He led a genetic association study of smoking behaviour-related traits and an interaction study between lung function-associated variants and air pollution.
Previously, he did a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Bristol (with 4-year full scholarship from the MRC) where he analysed whole-exome sequencing data obtained from consanguineous individual/families, and tried to identify (novel) causal variants of rare human diseases such as Primary ciliary dyskinesia and Papillon-Lefevre syndrome. He also took part in many population genetics and other common disease genetics projects.
Mesut obtained a BSc in ‘Biological Sciences (Genetics)’ in 2011 from the University of Leicester.