N. Ezgi Altınışık
PhD Student
Chittussiho 983/10,
710 00 Ostrava
Czechia

I have just started my forth year in my Ph.D. studies in Biology at the University of Ostrava, Czechia. During my PhD, I work with Pavel Flegontov on modeling the history of various populations and understanding the correlation of genetic and linguistic patterns. I use both frequent- and rare variant-based computational tools on autosomal genetic markers. 

Currently, I am working in Max Planck Institute for Science of Human History in Jena, Germany as a visiting student to learn analytical methods in population history. 

Education
University of Ostrava
2015-present
PhD in Biology

I have been working on human evolutionary genetics to reveal admixture and migration patterns of populations using computational tools. 

Istanbul University
2012-2015
MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics

▪ Thesis: Mitochondrial Genome Analysis and Haplogroup Determination in Ancient Human Skeletons Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Ercan Arıcan

Istanbul University
2007-2012
BS in Molecular Biology and Genetics

▪ Thesis: Optimization of ancient DNA isolation from goat and pig skeletons excavated from Yoncatepe/Van Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Ercan Arıcan

Experience
Max Planck Institute for Science of Human History
September 2018 - March 2019
Trainee

I have been accepted for a traineeship in Stephan Schiffels' lab in Max Planck Institute for Science of Human History to improve my skills on rare variant analysis in human populations. 

Life Science Research Center, University of Ostrava
2015-Present
Researcher
Mustafa Kemal University, Department of Anthropology
2014-2015
Research Assistant
Publications
  1. Flegontov P, Altınışık NE*, Changmai P*, Rohland N, Mallick S, Bolnick DA, Candilio F, Flegontova O, Jeong C, Harper TK, Keating D, Kennett DJ, Kim AM, Lamnidis TC, Olalde I, Potter BA, Raff J, Sattler RA, Skoglund P, Vajda EJ, Vasilyev S, Veselovskaya E, Hayes MG, O'Rourke DH, Pinhasi R, Krause J, Reich D, Schiffels S. Paleo-Eskimo genetic legacy across North America. Under review at Nature - Pre-print DOI: 10.1101/203018.
  2. Altınışık NE, Yuncu E, Flegontov P, Reich D. Modeling the origin and expansion of Turkic speakers. in preparation
  3. Kılınç GM, Koptekin D, Atakuman Ç, Sumer AP, Dönertaş HM, Yaka R, Bilgin CC, Buyukkarakaya AM, Baird D, Altınışık NE, Flegontov P, Götherström A, Togan İ, Somel M. (2017) Archaeogenomic analysis of the first steps of Neolithisation in Anatolia and the Aegean. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B Biol. Sci. IF 4.940
  4. Flegontov P, Changmai P*, Zidkova A*, Logacheva MD, Altınışık NE, Flegontova O, Gelfand MS, Gerasimov ES, Khrameeva EE, Konovalova OP, Neretina T, Nikolsky YuV, Starostin G, Stepanova VV, Travinsky IV, Tříska M, Tříska P, Tatarinova TV§. (2016) Genomic study of the Ket: A Paleo- Eskimo-related ethnic group with significant ancient North Eurasian ancestry. Sci. Rep. 6:20768. IF 5.228
  5. Altınışık, N. E. (2016) Modern İnsan Popülasyonlarında Arkaik İzler. Kebikeç İnsan Bilim. İçin Kaynak Araştırmaları Derg. 41, 283–294 (in Turkish)
  6. Altınışık, N. E. (2016) Adaptif Melezlenme: Homo Sapiens’in Dünya Yayılışında Etkileri. Toplum ve Hekim 31, 295-298 (in Turkish)
Conference Proceedings

II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018 (accepted)

  • Comparing Alternative Hypotheses on the Peopling of the American Arctic

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium – Izmir 2018 (accepted)

  • Modeling the origin and expansion of Turkic speakers

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium – Istanbul 2017 

  • A New Model for Peopling of the American Arctic
Programming Skills
Python
R
Bash
Language Skills
English
Turkish
Native
Honours and awards
ESEB Outreach Initiative–2017
▪ Funding for A Timeline of Human Evolutionary Tree with Actual/Replica Skulls
Best oral presentation–2017
▪ Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium
ESEB Outreach Initiative–2015
▪ Funding for 5th Evolution, Science and Education Symposium, Turkey
Memberships
▪ Society for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Turkey (Eko-Evo)
▪ European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB)
▪ Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)