People

PI : Assist. Prof. Dr. Urartu Özgür Şafak ŞEKER

Postdoc : MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Synthetic Biology Center, Research Laboratory of Electronics 2011-2014

 Singapore Nanyang Technological University, Electrical-Electronics Engineering, 2010-2011

PhD : Molecular Biology -Genetics and Biotechnology , Istanbul Technical University , 2009

Research Assistant (Visiting Graduate Student) University of Washington, Materials Science and Engineering, 2004-2007

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Dr. Esra Yuca

Postdoc : Bioengineering Research Center (BERC), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, KS, USA, 2014-2015

PhD: Advanced Technologies in Engineering, Molecular Biology -Genetics and Biotechnology , Istanbul Technical University , 2011

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Tolga Tarkan Ölmez

PhD Student

BSc : Bilkent University  Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2011

Tolga is interested in autonomous synthesis of biomaterials by using synthetic biology principles. He designs synthetic bio-nano hybrid systems to enhance the functionality of organic materials. Genetic control on nanomaterials (bionanoparticles, bionanowires) is aimed to obtain novel biological systems. He got involved in IGEM (international genetically engineered machines) competition in 2011 and earn a bronze medal.  Outside the lab Tolga  enjoys playing football and basketball a lot. He is also interested in mythology, history, science politics and scientific blogging.

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Ebuzer Kalyoncu

PhD Student

BSc : METU Molecular Biology and Genetics,  2011

Ebuzer’s research topic includes designing conductive bionano-interface -enabling conductivty in biofilms- by using synthetic biology. He aims to program functional bacterial biofilms through protein engineering and self-assembly practices. He got involved in IGEM (international genetically engineered machines) competition in 2010 and earned a gold medal. He enjoys playing football, pen-spinning and motorcycling.

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Behide Saltepe

PhD Student

BSc. Molecular Biology and Genetics,  Istanbul Technical University, 2014

Behide  got her BSc degree from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2014, following she had started to her PhD at Bilkent. Her reseach focuses are designing cells with the help of synthetic biology tools to detect toxicity of nanomaterials (i.e. nanoparticles), and programmed nanomaterial synthesis controlled by optogenetic circuitries. She was involved in the  iGEM-ITU Team (Genetically Engineered Machine Competition) in 2013 as a vice-president of the team.  Besides science, Behide enjoys  dancing, theatre plays, and travelling.

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Elif Ergül Duman

PhD Student

BSc : Bilkent University, Molecular Biology and Genetics,  2011

Elif’s research topic includes human bone-type biomineralization in different cell types through synthetic biology principles. She designs a synthetic genetic system to achieve artificial hydroxyapatite formation in vivo.
She is also a mother of two girls and she likes reading about attachment parenting and developmental physcology of children.  She enjoys watching theatre plays and movies.

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Ebru Şahin Kehribar

PhD Student

BSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2010

MSc: Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Sabancı University, 2013

Ebru’s current research focuses on recombinant protein expression using yeast surface display technology via synthetic biology tools. Her aim is to develop screening systems that target amyloid-forming proteins associated with diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson, Huntington and Creutzfeld-Jakob. She enjoys watching anime, playing piano and practicing yoga.

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Selin Su Yirmibeşoğlu

PhD Student

BSc : METU, Biology,  2012

Selin is focused on development of  biomedical whole cell sensors via synthetic biology approach. Specific circuits for detection of organ failure such as kidney ,  she is designing in this manner. Her aim is developing an analog logic gate into a chip which serves as a quick, cost effective and reliable alternative for general usage. Selin took part in iGEM (International Genetically Machine ) team as a team member which earn bronze medal in 2012 and as a team leader which earn gold medal  in 2013, and as an advisor 2014.  Selin enjoys reading horror  novel, swimming and playing chess and hanging out with her friends.

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Recep Erdem Ahan

MSc Student

BSc. Molecular Biology and Genetics,  Istanbul Technical University, 2014

BSc. Chemistry,  Istanbul Technical University, 2015

Recep graduated from the department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in Istanbul Technical University. He also did double major with Chemistry. His main interests focus on bioengineering. He participated the iGEM competition in 2013 with iGEM team of ITU as president of team.In his free time, he likes to watch movies, hangs out with friends, walks the Istiklal Street with a coffee. Also, he is a daydreamer and enjoys to dream that he can fly without wings.

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Onur Apaydın

MSc Student

BSc. Molecular Biology and Genetics,  Bilkent University, 2014

Onur graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. His previous research topics includes using chemically modified ATP analogs to screen novel substrates of kinases, possible treatments for atherosclerosis using anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic substrates in the process. Besides from science, He enjoys going to movies and gym.

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Efe Musa Işılak

MSc Student

BSc. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University , 2016

Efe graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Efe is currently working at our iGEM 2016 team UNAMBG. He previously worked on hepatocellular carcinoma xenotransplantation on zebrafish at Bilkent University and structure of NuRD complex at the University of Sydney. He enjoys painting, e-sports and paragliding.

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Nedim Hacıosmanoğlu

MSc Student

B.Sc. – Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Nedim Graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. He took a part of iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition as the vice-team leader of Istanbul_Tech iGEM Team from ITU and earned bronze medal at 2016.

He enjoys nearly everything that has an intellectual and complex side in it. And he also likes to play Tin Whistle (Traditional Irish Flute) for the relaxation.

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Cemile Elif Özçelik

MSc Student

B. Sc. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Middle East Technical University

Elif has graduated from METU, department of molecular biology and genetics in 2017. She has participated in iGEM team of METU in 2015 as an active member. She has an experience in cell culture applications. Currently she is working with Elif Ergül Duman in a project about biomineralization. Besides them, she likes painting, knitting, fencing, and travelling.

 

 

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Özge Begli

MSc Student

Ozge has graduated from the department of Molecular Biology and Genetics of Bilkent University in 2016. During her major degree, she completed a minor program at Psychology department. Molecular Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, and Synthetic Neurobiology are some of her areas of interests. She is a member of Bilkent UNAMBG iGEM’16 team. She is currently working on expression of recombinant proteins via Yeast Surface Display. In addition to these, she is a big fan of Yeni Türkü. Also, she likes reading horror novels and cooking.

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Simay Ayhan

Undergraduate Student

Bilkent University, Molecular Biology and Genetics

She is studying at Molecular Biology and Genetics department in Bilkent University. Currently Simay is interested in cloning and expression of biofilm protein from B. subtilis and P. aeruginosa. In her free time, She likes watching horror movies, swimming, playing volleyball and travelling.

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Büşa Merve Kırpat

Undergraduate Student

She is a senior undergraduate student in Molecular Biology and Genetics in Bilkent University. Since October 2016, she has been  working with Recep Erdem Ahan. She worked on labelling of CNS progenitors and subsequent developmental profiling of astrocytes during summer internship at University of Leuven. She joined in iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition as a team member of Bilkent-UNAMBG team which got a silver medal in 2016 and she has been taking part in iGEM 2017 competition.

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Nazlı Kara

Undergraduate Student

She is studying Molecular Biology and Genetics in Bilkent University. She joined in SBL group at Seprember 2016.She worked with Elif Duman on cloning and expression of TEV protease and she is currently working with Ebru Kehribar. She enjoys reading books, outdoor sports and playing traditional instruments.

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Alumni

Tuğçe Önür

Master of Science Student

BSc. Molecular Biology and Genetics,  Istanbul Technical University, 2014

Tuğçe received her BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Istanbul Technical University and she took a part in iGEM competition in 2013 as a member of ITU_MOBGAM Team. In September 2014, she has joined SBL group. Her current project focuses on designing cellular machinery to control secretion of biofilm forming subunits. Also, investigation of usage of biofilm forming proteins in material growth and biocatalysis applications. Outside the lab;  she  is interested in natural sports. She likes speleology, camping and trekking. Also, yoga and cooking are her other free time activities. Current Position:

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Hazal Beril Çatalak

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Bilkent University, Molecular Biology and Genetics

She is studying Molecular Biology and Genetics in Bilkent University as senior. She has worked with Tolga Tarkan Olmez from the summer of 2014, until September 2015. During that period, They’d worked on amplification of fluorescent protein signals by creating different fusion products. Another project, they’d worked on is that biomineralization experiments, producing different hybrid proteins. Since September 2015, I’d worked with Tugce Onur. She’d gained much more experience regarding my lab skills while helping her projects on controlling biofilm secretion and biofilm proteins on material growth. Recently, She has been preparing for iGEM 2016 competition. She enjoys composing music. She loves playing piano, classical singing and a little drumming in her spare time. Practicing yoga, reading books on science fiction and mainly philosophy, watching post-apocalyptic and science fiction animes, playing video games and go are other hobbies of her.

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