Pelin Ayaz applies simulation to study biological systems, with a current focus on protein kinases. She holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from UT Southwestern Medical Center as well as a B.S. and an M.Sc. in industrial engineering from Koç University. Before joining DESRES, Pelin conducted postdoctoral research at Bayer Pharma AG Berlin, where she established kinases as model systems to study molecular determinants of target–inhibitor binding kinetics. In her free time, Pelin enjoys reading, cooking, singing, and playing various musical instruments.