Elif Sarinay Cenik

  • Assistant Professor
  • Molecular Biosciences
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Elif 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.


Our research is providing an unbiased systematic analysis of how translational output is connected with gene regulatory pathways to ensure the tight coupling between organismal development and key cellular decisions. Such analysis will also provide concrete steps towards understanding disease systems where the connection between cellular growth and ribosomes is broken. For example, stoichiometric imbalances within ribosomal proteins and abnormally large nucleoli are frequent in cancers. Similarly, haploinsufficiencies within ~16 different ribosomal proteins cause a genetic disorder, Diamond Blackfan Anemia, which leads to congenital abnormalities and hematological defects combined with increased cancer risk.

Fields of Interest

  • Molecular Biology and Genetics



  • University of Texas, Austin, College of Nature Sciences, Faculty Service Award, 2021
  • Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA), NIH NIGMS, 2021
  • 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