If you’ve been avidly following the progress of CORENET, you may have realised who’s in the CORE of the research of this NET. So it’s time to learn a bit more about the young researchers that are doing a deep labour on the project through the launch of short exclusive interviews with them.

Meet the #CORENETresearchers: Mehmet Aziz Yirik

Let’s dive right in, with Mehmet Aziz Yirik: a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern Denmark, where he has been since June  2022. He obtained his PhD from Friedrich-Schiller University Jena in Germany, where he focused on the development of open-source chemical graph generators using algorithmic group theory. His work resulted in the creation of two chemical graph generators, maygen and surge, which outperformed the established gold standard in the field.

In addition to his work in chemistry, Yirik has also studied protein-ligand interactions and network analysis in the treatment of neural diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. He has presented his work at various conferences, including the Cambridge Cheminformatics Meeting.

How did you get into this field of research?

I studied mathematics as an undergraduate and wanted to apply this knowledge to health sciences. This is how I decided to do my PhD in mathematical chemoinformatics and now I am working on CORENET to develop efficient software for chemoinformatics.

Why did you apply for a researcher position with CORENET?

I believe, my interdisciplinary background well fits with the CORENET project.

What are your aspirations for your research?

My main aspiration for my research is to see the contribution of my mathematical knowledge to the health sciences.

What is the most important quality you consider a researcher should have?

Patience and interest in their research are the two most important qualities, researchers should have.

What is your favorite memory during CORENET so far?

I think, the escape game in Nijmegen is probably one of my most fun CORENET memories.

Let’s leave science aside, what other hobbies do you have?

Taking care of my garden, spending time with our cat and walking by the seaside are some of my hobbies.

B.Sc. in Mathematics, 2013, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkiye

M.Sc. in Computational Science and Engineering, 2017, Boğaziçi University, Turkiye

Ph.D. in Algorithmic Cheminformatics, 2022, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany

Mathematics, Cheminformatics, Machine Learning

“I enjoy applying my mathematics and computer science knowledge into the development of efficient tools for health sciences and working as a part of such an interdisciplinary team.”
Mehmet Aziz Yirik
CORENET postdoctoral researcher
CORE - PostDoc & Phd students - NET