Alp is a CBE senior from Istanbul, Turkey. He is intrigued by how the principles of soft living matter physics can be applied to study pathological protein aggregation and organelle engineering. His prior research at Princeton was on making a C. elegans model of Parkinson’s and establishing the link between mitochondrial dysfunction and neurodegeneration under the supervision of Professor Coleen Murphy. He joined the Brangwynne lab in 2020. Since then, he has worked on various polymer physics projects through experimental and computational techniques, building up to his senior thesis on the role of amino acid patterning on biological phase transitions (membraneless organelle formation and pathological protein aggregation). Outside of classes and research, Alp likes playing tennis, ping pong and football (the real one), biking, reading up on political history, and following world politics.