Ezgi Özkurt

Dr. Ezgi Özkurt
Quadram Institute Biosciences
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7UQ

Research Interest

  • Microbiomes
  • Metagenomics
  • Population genetics, comparative genomics
  • Computational biology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology & Kiel University
PhD in Evolutionary Biology

Advisor: Prof. Eva H. Stukenbrock

Thesis: Domestication-driven metaorganism evolution of wheat

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TURKEY
MSc in Biology

Advisor: Dr. Mehmet Somel

Thesis: Evolution of bladder cancer investigated using exome sequencing

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TURKEY
BS in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Thesis: Effect of different methods in water quality assesment

Quadram Institute Biosciences
November 2019 - present

Advisor: Dr. Falk Hildebrand

Project: Human microbiomes with a focus on vertical transmission & microbial networks

For further  information: https://www.falk.science


Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
July-September 2015
Erasmus Trainee

Supervisor: Dr. Arne Nolte

Project: Gene expression in Cottus fish in response to water temperature

Middle East Technical University

Advisor: Dr. Mehmet Somel

  • Determining the origin of synchronous multifocal bladder cancer by next-generation sequencing (Published, Master Thesis)
  • Mechanisms of Testes Expression Divergence in Human and Chimpanzee (Available in BioRxiv)
Umeå University, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden(MIMS), Umeå, SWEDEN
July– October 2013
Erasmus Trainee

Supervisor: Dr. Ake Forsberg

Project: Gene silencing and Gene Tagging in Yersinia Pseudotuberculosis species to understand the mechanism of Type3 secretion system

  1. Falk Hildebrand, Toni I. Gossmann, Clémence Frioux, Ezgi Özkurt, Pernille Neve Myers, Pamela Ferretti, Michael Kuhn, Mohammad Bahram, Henrik Bjørn Nielsen, Peer Bork. Dispersal strategies shape persistence and evolution of human gut bacteria, 2021, Cell Host & Microbe
  2. Janis R Bedarf, Naiara Beraza, Hassan Khazneh, Ezgi Özkurt, David Baker, Valeri Borger, Ullrich Wüllner, Falk Hildebrand. Much ado about nothing? Off-target amplification can lead to false-positive bacterial brain microbiome detection in healthy and Parkinson’s disease individuals, 2021, Microbiome
  3. Etka Yapar, Ekin Saglican, Handan Melike Dönertas, Ezgi Özkurt, Zheng Yan, Haiyang Hu, Song Guo, Babür Erdem, Rori V. Rohlfs, Philipp Khaitovich, Mehmet Somel.   Convergent evolution of primate testis transcriptomes reflects mating strategy, 2021, bioRxiv
  4. Ryszard Soluch, Nils F. Hülter, Devani Romero Picazo, Ezgi Özkurt, Eva H. Stukenbrock, Tal Dagan. Colonization dynamics of Pantoea agglomerans in the wheat root habitat, 2021, Environmental Microbioloy
  5. Ezgi Özkurt, Falk Hildebrand. Lifelong sex-dependent trajectories of the human gut microbiota, 2021, Nature Aging News & Views
  6. Ezgi Özkurt, M. Amine Hassani, Uğur Sesiz, Tal Dagan, Hakan Özkan, Eva H. Stukenbrock. Seed-Derived Microbial Colonization of Wild Emmer and Domesticated Bread Wheat (Triticum dicoccoides and T. aestivum) Seedlings Shows Pronounced Differences in Overall Diversity and Composition, 2020, mBio
  7. M. Amine HassaniEzgi Özkurt, Sören Franzenburg, Eva H. Stukenbrock. Ecological Assembly Processes of the Bacterial and Fungal Microbiota of Wild and Domesticated Wheat Species, 2020, Phytobiomes
  8. M. Amine Hassani, Ezgi Özkurt, Heike Seybold, Eva H. Stukenbrock. Interactions and Coadaptation in Plant Metaorganisms, 2019, Annual Review of Phytopathology 
  9. Ezgi Özkurt*, Omer Açar*,  Gulfem Demir, Hilal Saraç, Can Alkan, Tarık Esen,  Mehmet Somel*, Nathan A. Lack*.Determining the Origin of Synchronous Multifocal Bladder Cancer by Next-Generation Sequencing, 2015, BMC Cancer, doi:  10.1186/s12885-015-1859-8 *Equal contributions 
  1. ESEB2019, August 19-24, Turku, Finland, Oral Presentation: Higher stochasticity of microbiota composition in seedlings of domesticated wheat compared to wild wheat
  2. SMBE2019, July 21-25, Machester, UK, Poster Presentation: Higher stochasticity of microbiota composition in seedlings of domesticated wheat compared to wild wheat
  3. EEBST2018, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, July 18-20, Izmir, Turkey, Oral Presentation: Domestication-driven Metaorganism Evolution of Wheat
  4. EMBO Plant Microbiota Workshop,  26 March - 7 April 2017, Cologne, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding 
  5. Wild Plant Pathosystems, August 29-31, 2016, Helsinki, Poster Presentation: Genome Evolution of the Fungal Grass Pathogen Zymoseptoria pseudotritici 
  6. 17th Next Generation Plant Biotechnology Symposium, Rehovot, Israel, April 11-13, 2016
  7. Quantitative Evolutionary Biology Workshop 2014, Şirince Ali Nesin Mathematic Village, Poster Presentation: Exome Sequencing on Evolutionary Relationship of Multifocal Bladder Tumours

Dr. Eva H. Stukenbrock, Kiel University & Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany Email: stukenbrock@evolbio.mpg.de  Phone: +49 431880 6368 (Kiel) & + 49 4522 763-236 (MPI)

Dr. Mehmet Somel, Middle East Technical University, Turkey Email: msomel@metu.edu.tr   Phone: + 90 312 210 6460

Programming Skills
Language Skills
Popular Science
Science Writing
Writing in the science supplement of the Turkish newspaper, Bilimsol http://haber.sol.org.tr/kategori/bilim
Book Chapter Translation
Ezgi Özkurt & Ezgi Altınışık, A Primer of Human Genetics-Chapter 3 (Human Evolution, Greg Gibson)