Aycin Aykutalp is an NSF-TCAN post-doctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a theoretical astrophysicist whose research interests include the formation of the first stars, and their mechanical, chemical and radiative feedback effects on the surrounding ambient gas, seed black hole formation and their growth in the early universe, observations of active galactic nuclei at high redshift, and topology of space-time. She utilizes 3D cosmological simulations using the code Enzo to simulate the formation and growth of the structures in the universe. She received her B.Sc. degree in Astronomy and Physics from the Ankara University in Turkey. Then she moved to the Netherlands, Rijksuniversiteit van Groningen where she received her M.Sc. and PhD. degrees in Astrophysics. Before joining the Georgia Tech, she was a Cosmology Fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa-Italy.