Ayla Arslan was born in Istanbul and studied at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In 2002, she was awarded the scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) to pursue her doctorate at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University), Germany. In 2006, she completed it under the supervision of Hilmar Bading. During this time, Ayla Arslan worked on the molecular factors involved in the trafficking of GABA (A) receptors using methodologies of genetic engineering, biochemistry, cell biology, and bioinformatics.

In 2007, Dr. Arslan worked as a visiting scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine (the USA) in the laboratory of David McCormick. During this time, her focus was on applying a voltage-sensitive dye imaging system on the pyramidal neurons layer V in vitro.

Ayla Arslan

Research Interests:

Ayla Arslan is a member of several journals’ editorial boards, including Frontiers in Neuroscience and Journal of Integrative Neuroscience. She has been affiliated with the School of Advanced Studies since August 2020. Her research interests involve GABA (A) receptors and, in a broader sense, molecular psychiatry and the neurobiology of free will.


NCBI Bibliography

Key Terms:

  • Ion channels (brain receptors)
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetic engineering
  • Molecular brain
  • Mind control
  • Free will and neuroscience
  • Neuroscience and moral responsibility
  • Gender bending chemicals
  • Future of humani1ty
  • Democratization of science