Ogul E. Uner
Ogul is the first in his immediate family to be educated in the United States. He received his undergraduate B.A. in Biology, with a concentration in neurobiology, and minors in chemistry and healthcare management from University of Pennsylvania. During his undergraduate years, Ogul led the school's American Red Cross chapter, played the flute in the Penn Band, trained volunteers for the Student Hospice Organization, and worked as a summer clinical volunteer in a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border. He also found his passion for research at Penn, where he published his honors thesis on molecular synapse-associated proteins implicated in schizophrenia. After graduating in 2017 as one of the Top 25 Turkish Graduates in the USA by Study in America, Ogul started medical school at Emory. There, discovered his interests in ophthalmology and oncology. He serves as the student clinic coordinator for the Clarkston Refugee Eye Clinic, conducts research in retinal diseases and ocular cancers, and creates new ophthalmology electives for medical students. Ogul is also a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) champion, serving as the Vice-President of DEI on the university's graduate student government and starting an accessible braille gender-inclusive restroom initiative on campus. Ogul is the recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship, the Emory Eye Center Trainee Research Award, and the School of Medicine Community Engagement and Spirit Award. He was recently selected as a delegate for the 26th United Nations Youth Assembly virtual meeting to present his restroom initiative and broader DEI work. Talk to Ogul about getting involved in research, organizing DEI initiatives, creating student electives, and living in different parts of the US!