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Neriman Tokcan

I am currently an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center Postdoctoral Fellow at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, jointly supervised by  Caroline Uhler and Todd Golub.

Previously, I was a Computational Postdoctoral Associate at the Regev Lab, supervised by Aviv Regev. 

Before joining the Broad Institute, I was a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor at the Math Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I held a double appointment also as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Biomedical and Clinical Informatics Lab, Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at UMICH.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in May 2017 working under the supervision of Professor Bruce Reznick.

My research focuses on formulating novel, mathematically sound theoretical frameworks to perform analysis of multi-modal, multi-dimensional data while preserving the integrity of their structure. I work on the generalization of matrix-based compression, noise elimination, and dimension reduction methods to higher dimensions. My background is at the intersection of algebraic geometry, multi-linear algebra, combinatorics, and representation theory. I explore applications in bioinformatics and cancer genomics.

Currently,  I work on the formulation of the novel, mathematically sound tensor-based frameworks, and the development of computational tools to model tumor microenvironments.

Please feel free to get in touch with me at ntokcan@broadinstitute.org. You can also find additional ways to contact me in the Contact section.

Affiliations

  • Postdoc September 2020-present

    Golub Lab

    Computational Postdoctoral Associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

  • Postdoc August 2021-present

    Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center

    Computational Postdoctoral Associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

  • Postdoc September 2019-August 2021

    Regev Lab

    Computational Postdoctoral Associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

  • Faculty 2017-2019

    Postdoctoral Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    University of Michigan Ann Arbor

  • Postdoc 2017-2019

    Postdoctoral Researcher at Biomedical and Clinical Informatics Lab, Department of Computational Medicine at Bioinformatics

    University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Education

  • 20172012

    Ph.D. in Mathematics

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 20122011

    Master of Science in Mathematics

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 20092005

    Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey

Press Coverage

Awards

  • 2018
    Michigan Precision Health Scholars Award- $240,000, UMICH
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    The University of Michigan’s Precision Health Scholar Award program grants up to $80,000 for one year per recipient with the potential for renewal. The awards program aims to expand the field of precision health by cultivating a cohort of promising early-career researchers in the field and spark new collaborative research avenues by engaging early-career investigators with tools and data to support their work.

  • 2017
    Irving Reiner Memorial Award in Algebra, UIUC
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    The Irving Reiner Memorial Award was established in memory of Professor Irving Reiner by his family in 1988, with the support also of colleagues and friends. Professor Reiner, a long-time member of the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics, was a leader in the field of integral representation theory. The Reiner Prize is awarded each spring to one or more graduate students in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement in the field of algebra.

  • Spring 2017
    Campus Research Board Award, UIUC
  • Fall 2016
    Nominated for Departmental TA Instructional Award, UIUC
  • Fall 2015
    Finalist for Departmental TA Instructional Award, UIUC
  • 2014-2016
    List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students, UIUC
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    I was included in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students in UIUC in the following terms: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016. In Spring 2016 I was given outstanding rating

  • 2011
    Council of Higher Education of Turkey Scholarship

    It is a prestigious scholarship given by the Faculty Development of Higher Institution Program of Ankara Gazi University in Turkey. The acceptance is conditional on accepting a faculty position at the issuing institution.

  • 2011-2017
    Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education (MEB) Scholarship

    This is a scholarship offered by the Turkey Ministry of National Education that provides financial support for pursuing graduate education in the United States. The completion of this program is followed by an offer of a faculty position in Turkey.

  • 2009
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) scholarship
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    The TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) scholarship provides support for graduate studies and research in Turkey.

  • 2009
    Top Student of the College of Science and Letters Award - Cukurova University
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    Ranked first among the College of Sciences and Letters graduates. Cukurova University College of Sciences and Letters is composed of 9 departments: mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, archeology, Turkish language and literature, and history.
  • 2009
    Top Student of the Mathematics Department Award - Cukurova University

  • 2006-2009
    Cukurova University High Honor Award