Deniz is fascinated with all aspects of human perception, the door to the outside world, which keeps us aware and connected with everything else around us. Her specialization is in hearing perception, which involves many aspects related to hearing, such as hearing impairment, cochlear implants, speech communication, and cognitive mechanisms. A strong motivation for Deniz is the wish to improve quality of life for children and adults with hearing impairment. It is a complex problem as hearing loss can affect many aspects of life if not treated well. In children, development can be delayed; in older individuals, social interactions may decrease, leading to isolation and depression. The complexity of the problem calls for a collective effort from many fields, such as engineering, medicine, psychology, speech and languages. Deniz’s group reflects this diversity, with a very colorful structure with members that come from all kinds of varying backgrounds. Deniz is currently a professor at the Otorhinolaryngology Department of UMCG, but she has reached this final destination at the hospital via a diverse range of pathways too, crossing multiple countries (Turkey and USA), multiple disciplines (Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Cognitive Neuroscience), and multiple settings (Industry, Academia).

Past appointments and education

2014 – Pres. Full Professor
2011 – 2014 Tenure-track Professor (Adjunct Hoogleraar)
2011 Associate Professor
2009 – 2014 Rosalind Franklin Fellow
2009 – 2011 Assistant Professor
Dept. Otorhinolaryngology, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
GSMS, School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Univ. Groningen (RUG)
2004 – 2009 Research Scientist
Starkey Hearing Research Center (SHRC), Berkeley, CA, USA
2003 – 2004 Postdoctoral Scientist
House Ear Institute (HEI), Los Angeles, CA, USA
1998 – 2003 PhD, Biomedical Engineering
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
1996 – 1998 MS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
1991 – 1996 BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Selected professional activities

2016 – 2018 Member, Membership Committee
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
2014 – Pres. Associate Editor, Editorial Board, Trends in Amplification
2014 – 2016 Member, Minority and Diversity Committee
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
2014 – 2016 Member, Scientific Committee
AGIR POUR L’AUDITION (Action for Hearing-APA), France
2013 – Pres. Associate Editor, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
2013 – Pres. Member, BCN Board
2012 – Pres. Chair, BCN Education Committee, University of Groningen
2012 – Pres. Member, GSMS Education Committee, University Medical Center Groningen
2012 – 2015 Chair, Avril McDonald Funds Board
2012 – Pres. Reviewer, VENI VIDI Grants, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
2010 – Pres. Member, Science Steering Committee, Otorhinolaryngology, UMCG
2010 – 2014 Member, Research Advisory Committee, Univ. Medical Center Groningen
2010 – Pres. Reviewer
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Future and Emerging Technologies FET-OPEN
CORDIS FP7, H2020, European Commission
2010 – 2013 Member, International Committee
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
2010 – 2012 Chair, BCN Newsletter, University of Groningen
2008 – 2009 Membership Chair, Golden Gate Section
Society of Women Engineers
2006 – 2009 Member, Graduate Student Travel Award Committee
Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Society memberships

Acoustical Society of America (ASA; Fellow)
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS; Senior Member)
American Auditory Society (AAS)
American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA)
Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)
International Society of Audiology (ISA)
Dutch Society of Audiology (NVA)
Dutch Society of Phonetics (NVFW)
Dutch Society for Psychonomics (NVP)
Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH)
Dutch Neurofederation (Neuro Federatie)
Dutch ENT Society (KNO-vereniging)
De Vereniging Voor Vernieuwingsimpuls Onderzoekers (VVViO)
Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Ad-hoc review

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Ear and Hearing
Hearing Research
International Journal of Audiology
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
IEEE EMBS Conference
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering
Applied Psycholinguistics