Gokhan Unlu

Gokhan Unlu

I am from a Mediterranean coastal city called Mersin, in Turkey. I completed both my Bachelor and Master’s studies in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In 2011, I joined IGP program at Vanderbilt. After my first year in IGP, I have joined Cell & Developmental Biology graduate program. Currently, I have been pursuing my thesis research in Ela Knapik’s lab, where the primary research interest is the role of protein trafficking machinery on the development of zebrafish.

What I like the most about Vanderbilt and Nashville is the welcoming environment and having people around that are always ready to help. I look forward to not only being involved in the vibrant research life in VUMC but also exploring the amazing landscape and natural beauties of Southern US.



Unlu G., Levic D.S., Melville D.B., and Knapik E.W., 2014, Trafficking of extracellular matrix macromolecules: Insights from vertebrate development and human diseases. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 47:57-67

Vacaru A.M., Unlu G., Spitzner M., Mione M., Knapik E.W., Sadler K.C., 2014, In vivo cell biology in zebrafish: providing insight into development and disease. J Cell Sci. 127:1-11



American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship beginning in January 2015, which will provide two years of funding.