Elif Aysimi Duman

Principal Investigator
Research Interest: 

psychoneuroendocrineimmunology; gene-environment interactions; early life stress; behavioral epigenetics; fetal programming; prenatal environment and health; risk-taking behavior


Elif Aysimi Duman is a biopsychologist, conducting research mainly on gene-environment interactions related to individual differences in social behavior. She received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Istanbul Technical University, followed by taking a year of psychology courses at Bogazici University. She then completed her M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Biopsychology at Stony Brook University, New York. In her dissertation, she investigated how early life stress and a genetic variation in the serotonergic system interacts to influence differences in DNA methylation, gene expression and cortisol response. Since 2012, she is working as an Assistant Professor at the Psychology Department of Bogazici University, conducting research in the Psychoepigenetics Lab with students from various disciplines, combining psychological, genetic and epigenetic research approaches to understand individual differences in behavior.