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Zeynep Erson Omay, PhD

Assistant Professor; Neurosurgery , Biomedical Informatics and Data Science

Contact Information

Zeynep Erson Omay, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Neurosurgery

    300 Cedar St, , TAC Building

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States



Dr. Erson Omay is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Biomedical Informatics and Data Science. Following the completion of her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University, she transitioned to Yale, where she served as a postdoctoral researcher in GunelLab within the Department of Neurosurgery. There, she conducted bioinformatic analyses for brain tumor genomics projects. Since assuming the role of Assistant Professor in 2020 within the same department, Dr. Erson Omay has expanded her research projects to the application of integrative methods for studying multi-level, multi-omic datasets. Her primary focus lies in understanding tumor heterogeneity, investigating rare subtypes, and elucidating the molecular mechanisms of poorly understood central nervous system (CNS) tumors.

Dr. Erson Omay plays a key role in the computational analysis arm of the Precision Medicine initiative in the Department of Neurosurgery. Actively engaged in exploring the application of computational methods, her focus is on advancing personalized approaches for primary brain tumors. With a commitment to collaboration, she actively seeks partnerships both within and beyond the medical school, aspiring to apply her computational expertise to enhance the molecular characterization of diverse disease types.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Case Western Reserve Univ, Computer Science (2011)
  • MS
    Bilkent University, Computer Science (2005)
  • BS
    Bilkent University, Computer Science (2003)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
10x Genomics 2021 Pilot Award 10x Genomics2022
Mission Bio Tapestri GrantMission Bio2022
Case Western Reserve University, Research ShowCASE-Best Poster AwardCase Western Reserve University2007

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