Welcome to the Laboratory Site of Ferhat Ay, Ph.D.

Ferhat Ay’s primary research areas are bioinformatics, computational biology, epigenomics and regulatory genomics. He is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between genome architecture and gene regulation in different human cell lines and organisms, such as breast cancer and leukemia cells, and the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, through data integration, computational modeling and statistical approaches. Ay received a dual B.S. in Computer Engineering and Mathematics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. As part of his doctoral thesis in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, he developed algorithms that mine metabolic networks for conserved connectivity patterns and that reveal novel topological properties of gene regulatory networks. In recognition of his graduate work Ay was named a Computing Innovation Fellow by the Computing Research Association and was awarded a research grant that funded his postdoctoral studies. For his postdoctoral work, Ay joined the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he turned his attention to the influence of the genome’s three-dimensional architecture on gene activity. Before joining the La Jolla Institute as an Assistant Professor of Computational Biology, Ay worked as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.



Ph.D. Computer and Information Science and Engineering ~ University of Florida, Summer 2011.

B.S. Computer Engineering ~ Middle East Technical University, TURKEY, Spring 2007

B.Sc. Mathematics ~ Middle East Technical University, TURKEY, Spring 2007

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