Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, I spent some years on the East
Coast and then moved to Berkeley for grad school in 2005. I am an
engineer by training but took a turn in career direction into
public health some years ago and am now working on water and health
related research. I absolutely love what I do and my research takes
me abroad often. In addition to really caring for the work I do, I
love that my job lets me travel, meet people, learn languages and
try to find my footing in very unfamiliar settings, all of which
are among my favorite things to do in life.
I absolutely love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, going for a run at
Lake Merritt, swimming or pretty much anything done outdoors always
puts me in a good mood (the exceptions are snow-related activities
and sports that require hand-eye coordination because I am
*spectacularly* bad at them).
I love dancing, and know and/or can fake enough steps to any dance
to have a good time without being particularly good at any of them.
I also like playing the guitar and singing, and often find myself
humming a song or other.