Seda Japp (neé Cavdaroglu)


Bayer A.G., Berlin, Germany, February 2020 – Present

Innovative Data Scientist

Core Human Factors, Philadelphia, USA April 2018 – December 2019
Senior Associate
• At Core, I was responsible for planning, designing and managing usability studies. I collect and analyze usability data using various statistical methods, design and analyze surveys and present results to clients.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA 2016- 2017
Postdoctoral Researcher
• Set up statistical and machine learning pipelines in R and Python to analyze high-dimensional neuroimaging and behavioral data on a computing cluster using bash.

Koc Sistem, Ankara, Turkey (a Fortune 500 Company) 2011- 2012
Software Engineer
• Implemented on online banking management system using Java, Javascript, CSS, HTML and SQL.

Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin (Degree received in 2016)
PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (summa cum laude)
• Investigated brain’s number system using machine learning. Programmed experiments and built computational and statistical models in R, Matlab and Python.

Max Planck Research School, Tübingen (Degree received in 2011)
Master’s (MSc.) in Neural and Behavioral Sciences
• Investigated the neural correlates of schizophrenia using neuroimaging and augmented reality. Collected and analyzed data in Matlab and R.

Bilkent University, Turkey (Degree received in 2009)
Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Computer Science
• Awarded merit-based full-time scholarship from Bilkent University due to success in nation-wide entrance examination (akin to SAT) – top 0.05%. Graduated high honors (top 10%). Focus on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

SKILLS: Python, R, Matlab, statistics and machine learning (e.g., regression [lasso/ridge/glm/glmm], SVM, conjoint analysis, decision trees, clustering, PCA, ICA), usability testing, survey research.


Lasso and hierarchical regression analysis reveals novel treatment targets for depression. September 2017, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Neuromodulation in Depression and Stress

Data Wars: Python vs. R, March 2018, R-ladies Philadelphia


Oathes D, Zimmerman J, Duprat R, Cavdaroglu S*, Sheline Y. Individualized non-invasive brain stimulation engages the subgenual anterior cingulate and amygdala
Cavdaroglu S*, Knops A. Parietal Cortex is Involved in Spatial but not Temporal Numerosity Perception. (Cerebral Cortex, 2018)
Cavdaroglu S*, Katz C, Knops A. Dissociating estimation from comparison and response eliminates parietal involvement in sequential numerosity perception. (Neuroimage, 2015)
Cavdaroglu S*, Knops A. Mental subtraction and multiplication recruit both phonological and visuospatial resources: evidence from a symmetric dual-task design. (Psych. Research 2015)
Bloechle J, Huber S, Bahnmueller J, Rennig J, Willmes K, Cavdaroglu S*, Moeller K, Klein E. Fact learning in complex arithmetic-the role of the angular gyrus revisited. (Human Brain Mapping, 2016)