Arda Durmaz


Portrait of a smiling man with a beard standing in front of greenery.

MS in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, Class of 2017

Prior Education: Sabanci University, Biological Sciences and Bioengineering

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkish

Why I Chose the SYBB MS Program at CWRU

While completing my undergraduate degree in Turkey, I participated in a study abroad internship at CWRU. This experience opened my eyes to the field of Bioinformatics, and shortly after graduation, I chose to return to Cleveland to earn my Master’s in the SYBB program. Coming from a biology background, I think this field is beneficial because of the many options it provides for job mobility. I am now knowledgeable in Computer Science, which allowed me to explore a number of positions in the industry.

Future Plans

After completing my MS in SYBB, I went back to work as a research specialist and performed small data analytics for industry. However, I decided that I wanted to further my education even more, and came back to Case to complete my PhD in the SYBB program. I used to be set on entering industry, however, I am now considering entering the realm of academia. I know that whatever direction I choose to take in the future, my education at Case will have prepared me for a successful career.