I am currently a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of California Los Angeles, working under the supervision of Professor Peter Reiher. I am a member of the Laboratory for Advanced Systems Research. Prior to attending UCLA, I received my B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
My research interest is computer and network security. My current research is focused on Vehicular Ad hoc Network (VANET) security. In this field, I introduced the concept of vehicular botnets and demostrated the powerful attacks that they can enable. I am currently working on the implentation of these attacks and investigating mitigation techniques against vehicular botnets. Earlier in my program, my research was on the security of wireless medical devices, which was supported by the National Science Foundation. I investigated the man-in-the-middle-attack vulnerabilities of these devices and developed several mitigation strategies. Later, I conducted research on Internet architecture security, particularly Named Data Networking (NDN) security. During my undergrad, I did research with Professor Matt Bishop at the University of California Davis, on prevention mechanisms against buffer overflow, cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks.