Kubra Komek Kirli
Kubra Komek Kirli
Mathematics, Self-Determined Major
Current Job:
Regional Clinical Research Manager (Middle East, Africa, Central Asia & Turkey) at Medtronic
Current City:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Clinical Research Intern), Study Abroad at UCL in London, Skidmore Summer Research Grant
High School:
Robert College, Istanbul
Post Graduation:
Carnegie Mellon University (PhD in Computational Neuroscience), New York University Abu Dhabi (Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience), National Health Insurance Company in Abu Dhabi (Advanced Analyst)
Activities while at Skidmore:
International Student Union, HAYAT
Porter Scholarship for Math and Science, Honors Forum, Pi Mu Epsilon

Quick Pitch

Understand that the world is much bigger than you think! Go, explore, and make the best out of both your privileged Skidmore years and the years to follow! Growing regions present unique opportunities and experiences for you: explore Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Make use of the amazing study abroad opportunities to explore different parts of the world. Make use of the diversity on campus to learn about different cultures. Last but not least, make use of the amazing academic opportunities to widen your horizon: go create your own major!


I graduated from Skidmore in 2010 with Double Major in Mathematics and Self-Determined Major in Computational Neuroscience. I was always intrigued by the beautiful machinery of the brain but also had a strong interest in Mathematics. To pursue my passion further, I started my PhD in Computational Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon after Skidmore. During my PhD, I worked on building computational models of the brain to model schizophrenia; employing my strong background in Mathematics and Neuroscience from my Skidmore education. After completing my PhD, I moved to the United Arab Emirates to do postdoctoral research at New York University Abu Dhabi.

In 2015, I decided to shift from academia to the industry and joined the National Health Insurance Company of Abu Dhabi. There I focused on Health Economics and Value-Based Healthcare infrastructures to tackle rising healthcare expenditure. Recently, I joined Medtronic as the Regional Clinical Research Manager for Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Turkey. I lead clinical teams across my geography focusing on clinical trial execution, evidence dissemination, and Value-Based Healthcare.

I was privileged to receive Porter Scholarship for Math and Science to attend Skidmore College which gave me excellent opportunities including a truly interdisciplinary education experience and privilege to study abroad at a world renown university. I would encourage all of you to make the best out of your Skidmore experience and reach out to us for help and a little push!