BTBC Council



Prof. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil, M.D., PhD – Scientific Advisor, Host

Director of Sabri Ulker Center for Metabolic Research at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Associate Member, Broad Institute; Associate Member, Harvard Stem Cell Institute. The major interest of Hotamisligil laboratory is to study the regulatory pathways, which control glucose and lipid metabolism. Hotamisligil’s biochemical and genetic studies focus on signal transduction using cultured mammalian cells as well as transgenic animals to identify specific abnormalities in these pathways, which are involved in human metabolic and inflammatory diseases including obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis, and asthma.


Didem Demirbaş Ph.D – Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Demirbaş is working on the rare genetic disease galactosemia , an inborn error of carbohydrate metabolism in the laboratory of Dr. Gerard Berry at Genetics Division in Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Demirbas is developing a stem cell model to understand the molecular mechanism behind pathophysiology of galactosemia.

BTBC Council Alumni


Bülent Ataman Ph.D – Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ataman is working on the Activity-regulated gene network in human brain differentiation in the laboratory of Michael Greenberg at Neurobiology Dept. Harvard Medical School.


Güneş Parlakgül M.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Parlakgul is working on the organelle dynamics and dysfunction in obesity, in the laboratory of Dr. Gokhan Hotamisligil at Harvard School of Public Health.


M. Furkan Burak M.D. – Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Burak is working on the new therapeutic approaches and role of fatty acid binding proteins in obesity and diabetes in the laboratory of Gokhan Hotamisligil at Harvard School of Public Health. Also, Dr. Burak is a resident physician at Mount Auburn Hospital, Department of Medicine. His clinical practice is focusing on inpatient and outpatient care of internal diseases.


Semir Beyaz, PhD

Dr. Beyaz is working on the role of chromatin regulators in lymphocyte differentiation in Stuart Orkin lab at Boston Children’s Hospital.


Güneş Bozkurt Ph.D – Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School