Nilay Yapici is Assistant Professor at Cornell University and Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator. Her research focuses on understanding how animals make behavioral decisions by integrating their physiologic internal states and external sensory stimuli coming from the environment.She earned her BA in molecular biology and genetics from Bogazici University in Turkey and went on to earn a PhD in 2008 at Vienna University where she worked with Barry Dickson at the Institute of Molecular Pathology. She recently completed her postdoctoral training with Leslie Vosshall at the Rockefeller University before joining to Cornell as an Assistant Professor. Nilay Yapici is a 2009 recipient of the prestigious Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship. At Cornell University, she is named a Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences.