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Berna Sozen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetics; Assistant Professor, Genetics; Assistant Professor, Reproductive Sciences

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Berna Sozen, PhD



Berna earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Akdeniz University, Turkey in 2009. She obtained a MSc in Reproductive Biology in 2013 and a PhD in Developmental Biology in 2018 at Akdeniz University School of Medicine. During her MSc she worked with Prof. Tom P. Fleming at the University of Southampton, UK (2012), and during her PhD she worked with Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz at the University of Cambridge, UK (2015-2018). She then undertook her post-doctoral research first at Cambridge (2018-2019), and later at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (2019-2020) with Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz. In 2020, Berna joined the Yale faculty as an Assistant Professor to establish her independent research group at Yale Department of Genetics.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    California Institute of Technology (CalTech) (2020)
  • Postdoctoral Associate
    University of Cambridge (2019)
  • PhD
    Akdeniz University, Developmental Biology (2018)
  • PhD Research Fellow
    University of Cambridge (2018)
  • MSc
    Akdeniz University, Reproductive Biology (2013)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
ReproGrant for Female Reproductive ScienceReproGrant2023
NIH Director's New Innovator AwardOffice of the Director, National Institutes of Health/NIH/DHHS2022
Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical ResearchSmith Family Foundation2022
Chen Innovation AwardYale Stem Cell Center2022
Bohmfalk Scholar in Medical Research2020

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