Oktay Ince graduated in 2008 from Adnan Menderes University in Turkey with a B.S. in Biology. He was supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) during his bachelor of science research project. His research was focused on antibacterial activities and classification of species in yogurt made from natural resources.

After graduation, he moved to Cleveland to join the M.S. program at Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Biology. Oktay joined the McDermott lab in August, 2011 to explore the molecular basis of auditory hair-cell development and operation in the zebrafish model system. Specifically, he is interested in identifying molecules involved in shaping the hair cell’s stereocilia and cuticular plate.

Oktay enjoys reading, traveling as well as cooking.