Birkan Tunç, PhD

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Faculty Researcher

Birkan Tunç, Ph.D., is a computational scientist in the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania. His primary area of research is the application of machine learning and statistical data analysis in various domains such as psychopathology, neuroimaging, connectomics ( the study of brain connectivity), and complex network analysis. Dr. Tunç's goal is to develop novel computational models of biology-behavior interrelations, for population-based and longitudinal statistical analysis of normative and clinical populations. Dr. Tunç is currently leading and participating in several research efforts in the CAR, including identifying neurobiological substrates of ASD phenomenology, characterization of heterogeneity in ASD and its comorbid conditions, and empirical evaluation of 'non-categorical' models of ASD.