To thy known self be true.

Hi, I’m Dünya

I’m a transdisciplinary scientist, engineer, designer, and student of life.

My life mission is to connect people to themselves and the world. This had led me to three themes: 

Within AI & Human Cognition, my work spans memory, decision-making, affect, mental health, learning, and AI-human symbiosis.

In Biomimetic Engineering, I am excited about soft robotics and biomaterials.

In Sustainable Living, I am passionate about tech development, successful startup models, the circular economy, and consumer education & empowerment.

↗️ Projects

I co-run the Augmentation Lab, an R&D lab school building technologies to augment education, work, and science.

Previously, I co-wrote the Builder’s Guide to the Tech Galaxy, a handbook on scaling up startups to unicorns. I also co-led the Student Forum of the Toenissteiner Kreis, the young division of a German international dialogue forum that brings together leaders from academia, business, and politics.

Currently, I’m working on the Sustainable Technology Goals, a framework for sustainable tech development.

I’m also a student researcher at the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab, researching brain-computer interfaces and AI.

My official background is in bioinformatics and neuroscience. I did my BSc at University College London (UCL) and am now at the University of Leipzig and MIT.

Currently based in: Boston, USA