Turhan Canli is an Associate Professor in Department of Psychology and the Graduate Program in Genetics, as well as the Director of the SCAN (Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience) Center at Stony Brook University. Dr. Canli's primary research interests cover the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology. His Ph.D. is in psychobiology (Yale University '93), with postdoctoral training in behavioral, cognitive and affective neuroscience (Yale University '93-'95; Stanford University '95-2001), and later training in molecular biology (certification Molecular Biology Summer Workshop, Smith College, 2002; sabbatical leave at the Genomics Core Facility, Stony Brook University, Jan-Dec 2008).
Current work in Dr. Canli's laboratory focuses on gene-environment interactions, specifically the molecular genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate gene expression across the human genome. This general approach is applied to studies of individual differences in social stress reactivity, traits, emotional behavior, and political, religious, and cultural beliefs, traits, and attitudes.
Dr. Canli's secondary area of interest is related to problems in the real world. He is a co-founder of the Neuroethics Society, an international scholarly society concerned with the ethical implications of neuroscience applications in the real world. He has served on the Executive Board of the Neuroethics Society since its inception in 2006, and also serves as a Senior Fellow in the Stony Brook Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Brazilian Ethics and Bioethics Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He teaches a course on "Changing the World with $20 Microcredits", and is interested in issues related to Global Mental Health, specialty populations (refugees, child soldiers), and human rights.