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GET TO KNOW ME

My Background

I am a neurolinguist and currently working as a senior lecturer at the Department of Linguistics in Stockholm University. The language in the brain has always been a passion of mine and I am grateful to have turned it into a career. I specialise in prosody, the musical side of language, and investigate diverse communicative functions based on prosody. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work on various projects and collaborate with researchers from different disciplines. I am always up for a challenge and enjoy taking on new projects. I started this webpage as a way to better myself and to share my experiences and projects with those who are interested in collaborating. I hope that you find it informative and engaging. I look forward to connecting with you soon. 

Here is a snapshot of my CV. Please explore it in detail below and feel free to get in touch with any questions. I got my PhD in December 2016 from the Special Doctoral Programme in Language and Linguistics - FoSprak, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University. After completing my PhD, I was offered a permanent position as a research assistant at the same department and worked as a postdoctoral researcher between 2018 and 2020. In May 2022, I have been promoted to Associate Professor by the Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University. Between 2021 and 2024, I was employed as a researcher at the Neurobiology of Language Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

 

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TITLES

My Degrees

May 2022

Associate Professor [Docent & Reader]

I have been promoted to Associate Professor by the Board of the Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University on May 5, 2022.  My scientific skills and teaching proficiency were evaluated by two external Assessors (Professors in the pertinent field) and the Docent Appointments Board. 

Dec 2016

Doctor of Philosophy

I received my doctoral degree in Linguistics from Stockholm University after a public defence on December 2, 2016. The opponent was Prof Valéria Csépe from the Brain Imaging Centre, Research Centre for Natural Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. 

EXPERIENCE

My Employment

Feb 2024 - Present

Senior Lecturer

Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Aug 2021 - Jan 2024

Research Staff

Neurobiology of Language Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Jan 2019 - Dec 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anna Ahlström and Ellen Terserus Foundation, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Jan 2017 - May 2017

Research Assistant

Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Nov 2016 - Dec 2017

Research Assistant (Permanent position)

Phonetics/EEG Laboratory, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Aug 2012 - Dec 2016

PhD Student

Department of Linguistic, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

EDUCATION

My Schooling

Aug 2012 - Dec 2016

PhD, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Mapping prosody onto the lexicon: Memory traces for lexically specified prosodic information in the brain.

Supervisors: Mattias Heldner, Iris-Corinna Schwarz

Aug 2009 - June 2011

MA, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Effects of suprasegmental features on the processing of spoken words in the human brain: Evidence from Mismatch Negativity (MMN). 

Supervisors: Mikael Roll, Merle Horne

Aug 2003 - June 2008

BA, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

GRANTS AWARDED 

My Project Funding

2020

Equipment grant

Equipment grant for functional magnet resonance imaging (fMRI)

Funder: Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre (SUBIC) [Reg. nr. SUBIC20VTMR5]

2019

Collaboration grant

Collaboration grant with the University of Tokyo, Japan

Funder: Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University [Reg. nr. SU FV-5.1.2-0300-18]

2019

Collaboration grant

Collaboration grant with Hungarian Academy of Sciences Brain Imaging Centre (MTA TTK) 
Funder: Knut & Alice Wallanberg Foundation [Reg. nr. SU FV-2.1.9-0171-19]

2018

Research scholarship

Research scholarship given for female researchers
Funder: Anna Ahlström and Ellen Terserus Foundation [Reg. nr. SU FV-2.1.9-0861-17]

2017

Collaboration grant

Collaboration grant with Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Finland

Funder: Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University [Reg. nr. SU FV-5.1.2-0757-15]

2017

Research project funding

Research project funding (Prof. Mattias Heldner as PI) Funder: Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Memorial Fund [Reg. nr. MAW 2017-0034]

COMISSION OF TRUST

I serve as reviewer for various international peer-reviewed journals such as Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Psychophysiology, Neuropsychologia, PLOS One and The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. I have been chosen as a chair for various events such as Interspeech, Fonetik  and Speech Prosody conferences.

Institutional responsibilities - Stockholm University

Between 2012 and 2021, I organised the neurolinguistics seminars at the Department of Linguistic, and chaired the PhD council of Special Doctoral Program in Language and Linguistics between 2013 and 2014. I served as a board member in Language Diversity Network and Communication Advisory Committee until 2022.

Institutional responsibilities - Max Planck Institute 

I have been serving as a dean of the International Max Planck Research School and running journal clubs of the Neurobiology of Language Department. I am also in the committee of an international consortium, called Methodological Excellence in Data-Driven Approaches to Linguistics (MEDAL). 

I have been serving as an examiner of BA, MA, and PhD theses, and participated in the evaluation panel of employments ranging from research assistants to postdoctoral researchers.

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