Sila Ultanir
The Francis Crick Institute

Sila studied Molecular Biology and Genetics in Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. She then completed her PhD on neuronal development and synaptogenesis using live-imaging methods in Dr. Rafael Yuste's laboratory at Columbia University, New York, USA. Sila then moved to University of California, San Diego, for her first postdoctoral training in Dr. Anirvan Ghosh's laboratory, where she investigated the role of NMDA (N-Methyl-D-aspartate) receptors on dendrite and spine development in NMDAR knockout mice. Sila then joined Dr. Yuh-Nung Jan's laboratory at University of California, San Francisco and studied kinase signaling mechanisms on dendrite development using chemical genetic methods in collaboration with Dr. Kevan Shokat's laboratory. She has identified substrates of NDR1 and MST3 kinases, which are required for dendrite and synapse development in mammals. She then started her lab in the Developmental Neurobiology Division of the Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in 2013 and is a Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute since 2015.