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Elif Sarinay Cenik

Assistant Professor
Molecular Biosciences


Phone: 512-232-4468

Office Location
PAT 241

Postal Address
University of Texas at Austin, Patterson Bldg Room 241
Austin, TX 78712

Elif Sarinay Cenik's research involves genetic dissection of ribosome biogenesis and understanding how translational output is connected with gene regulatory pathways to ensure the tight coupling between organismal development and key cellular decisions. Sarinay Cenik received her BS in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in Turkey, followed by her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School under the tutelage of Dr. Phillip D. Zamore. She then completed postdoctoral training with Nobelist Dr. Andrew Z. Fire in Genetics and Pathology at Stanford University.



Cenik ES, Meng X, Tang NH, Hall RN, Arribere JA, Cenik C, Jin Y, Fire AZ (2019). Maternal ribosomes are sufficient for tissue diversification during embryonic development in C. elegans. (Developmental Cell in press)

Arribere, JA, Cenik ES, Jain N, Hess G, Lee C, Bassik MC, Fire AF. (2016). Translation Readthrough Mitigation. Nature, Jun 1;534(7609):719-723. doi: 10.1038/nature18308.

Cenik C, Cenik ES, Byeon GW, Grubert F, Candille S, Spacek D, Alsallakh B, Tilgner H, Araya CL, Tang H, Ricci E, Snyder MP. (2015). Integrative analysis of RNA, translation, and protein levels reveals distinct regulatory variation across humans. Genome Research, Nov;25(11):1610-21. doi: 10.1101/gr.193342.115. 

Cenik ES, Zamore PD. (2011). Argonaute proteins. Curr Biol, Jun 21;21(12):R446-9. Cited by 79.

Cenik ES, Fukunaga R, Lu G, Dutcher R, Wang Y, Tanaka Hall TM, Zamore PD. (2011). Phosphate and R2D2 restrict the substrate specificity of Dicer-2, an ATP-driven ribonuclease. Mol Cell, Apr 22;42(2):172-84. Cited by 90, Featured in Faculty of 1000.

Suer E, Sayrac S, Sarinay E, Ozturk HE, Turkoz M, Ichinose A, Nagatake T, Ahmed K. (2008). Variation in the attachment of Streptococcus pneumoniae to human pharyngeal epithelial cells after treatment with S-carboxymethylcysteine. Infect Chemother, Aug;14(4):333-6.

Baglan PH, Sarinay E, Ahmed K, Ozkan M, Bozday G, Bozday AM, Ozden A. (2006). Turkish isolates of Helicobacter pylori belong to the Middle Eastern genotypes. Clin Microbiol Infect, Jan;12(1):96-98.



Walter V. and Idun Berry Postdoctoral Fellowship Program                                                       2013-2016

Stanford School of Medicine Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship                                                   2012-2013

Turkish National Academy of Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Science Scholarship       2003-2006