Dr. Şeker gave an invited talk at the GRC (Gordon Research Conferences) Synthetic Biology 2019 Meeting in Waterville Valley, NH, USA


Dr. Şeker was interviewed by the Turkish Popular Science Journal TÜBİTAK Bilim Genc about Synthetic Biology, please follow the Youtube link (unfortunately only in Turkish :(( )



SBL group members Ebru and Behide attended to the 2019 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) Conference in New York USA. Both graduate students made poster presentations at SEED and they really enjoyed the meeting a lot :))!


SBL lab has attended to the International Molecular Medicine Symposium by the Bosphorus organized by Bahçeşehir University Medical School. Dr. Seker presented an invited talks and our group member Behide presented a contributed talk, also Nedim and Elif made poster presentations at the symposium. (16-18 May 2019- İstanbul)

Behide, won oral presentation prize for her talk on “Synthetic Genetic Circuits to Detect Nanomaterial Triggered Nanotoxicity” …Congrats Behide!


Dr. Şeker gave invited seminars in Germany and also 28 April – 4 May 2019 :

28 April 2019 : Max Planck Institute for Medical Research – Self-Actuated Synthetic Biomachines

2 May 2019 : Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

3 May 2019 : Technical University of Munich Department of Physics Synthetic Biological Systems

Our paper “A Self-Actuated Protein Delivery Machine” is highlighted on the cover of ACS Synthetic Biology’s April issue!

The paper is co-authored by Recep, Büşra and Behide, Congrats guys !

(image credit: Mete Duman dumanmete@gmail.com)

8 April 2019 We took the opportunity of the great weather and had a group picnic and barbecue party, Welcome spring !


21 Mart 2019 Our group member, Recep Erdem Ahan (PhD Student) presented his poster  at EMBO Symposium on Synthetic Morphogenesis: From Gene Circuits to Tissue Architecture :

UNAM and Nobel Pharmaceuticals Collaborate in the Fight Against Cancer : Researchers at the Bilkent University National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM) and an industrial partner, Nobel Pharmaceuticals, are collaborating on a project that aims to develop a new generation of bifunctional antibodies for clinical use in the treatment of cancer. Details  Appeared in Bilkent News

Dr. Şeker gave an invited seminar at the Hacettepe University Medical School Neurology Institute entitled “Programming Cellular Devices for Protein Delivery” 12 April 2019

Dr. Şeker is interviewed by Medyascope TV’s (an internet-based News portal)  “Science for the Curious” program co-organized by Science Academy for his views on Synthetic Biology and Genome Engineering. You may find the video at the following link (only in Turkish). 28 February 2019.

Dr. Şeker gave an invited seminar at the Hacettepe University Medical School Neurology Institute entitled “Synthetic Biology : A Tool for Biomedical Engineering” 7 january 2019


Dr. Şeker won METU Parlar Foundation Encouragement Award. The prize awarded to scientists under 40 to celebrate the achievements of young scientists. Dr. Seker got the prize for his contributions in Synthetic Biology. 19 December 2018

Dr. Şeker gave an invited talk at the Gebze Institute of Technology- Kocaeli. The title of his talk was “Synthetic Genetic Circuits for Self-Actuated Cellular Devices”. 15 November 2018.

Dr. Şeker won the Aziz Sancar Incentive Prize of Turkish Health Institutes (TUSEB) . The award is named after 2015 chemistry Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar, and celebrates Dr. Sancar’s achievements in science.  Dr. Şeker received the award for his work in synthetic biology and genetically engineered biosystems. His main research interest is cellular programming, accomplished through the employment of synthetic genetic circuits, with the goal of addressing disease conditions by developing cellular devices as living therapeutic modalities and designing a new generation of living biomaterials and whole-cell biosensors for biomedical applications. 29 October 2018.

urartu seker tüseb ile ilgili görsel sonucu




SBL lab has attended the 4th Applied Synthetic Biology in Europe Congress, which took place in Toulouse France 24-26 October 2018. Dr. Seker delivered a talk, SBL group members Ebru Kehribar, Busra Merve Kırpat, Sıla Köse, and Musa Efe Işılak presented their poster and presented 3 minutes flash talks.

UNAMBG Team received Silver medal at iGEM competition held in Boston with their project that aims to capture antibiotic contaminants from waste water (October, 2018).


SBL members spent a great afternoon with Senem Donatan (member of SEIBA-the story telling center) talking about “Science through narrative”.

Merve, Recep (Phd Students), Julian, Gökçe, Zafer and Çisil (MSc students) joined our lab. Welcome all!

Our lab member Recep Erdem Ahan defended his M. Sc. thesis with success. Congratulations! (4 August 2018)

Recep will continue his PhD studies in our lab. We wish Recep a continued success in his career !

Dr. Seker gave an invited seminar at Bogazici University Molecular Biology and Genetic Department entitled : “Genetic Circuit Design for Bottom -Up Biosystem Assembly” (13 April 2018)


SBL Group members celebrated coming of spring with blooming sakura trees. We wish everyone a successful spring term!

Dr. Seker is invited by Science Academy to gave a public popular science talk entitled ” Synthetic Biology : An Intro to Life Engineering” in Istanbul Turkey. You may find the video of the talk at the following link (only in Turkish) : goo.gl/e4gGcU
(20 January 2018)


Our lab member Ebuzer Kalyoncu defended his Ph. D. thesis with success. Congratulations! (25 December 2017)

Ebuzer is moving to Kocaeli / Turkey for working as a researcher scientist in TUBITAK-MAM, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Institute. We wish Ebuzer a continued success in his career !












SBL members attended to the Turkey- Israel Workshop on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Weizmann Institute of Science (19-21 December 2017).

Dr. Seker gave a talk during the workshop and SBL members (Behide Saltepe, and Büşra Kırpat) presented their poster during the workshop.


Dr. Seker gave a talk at Ben Gurion University at the Negev (Beer Sheava, Israel) entitled: “Synthetic Biogenesis of Engineered Bacterial Biofilms”

(18 December 2017).

Our lab member Tolga Tarkan Ölmez defended his Ph. D. thesis with success. Congratulations! (November 2017)

Tolga is moving to Yale University Department of Molecular, Cellular and Devolepmental Biology for his postdoctoral studies. We wish Tolga a continued success in his career !

Dr. Seker was interviewed by European Federeation of Biotechnology -Bioengineering Section (10 December 2017)

You may find the interview here


Our lab member Onur Apaydın defended his master thesis with success. Congratulations! (September 2017)

Onur is moving to Max Delbruck Centrum for Molekular Medicine for his PhD studies. We wish Onur a continued success in his career !

Behide, Selin, Recep and Ebru attended to the 42nd FEBS (From Molecules to Cells and Back) Congress organized at Jerusalem – Israel and made their poster presentations (September 2017)

Merve, Büşra and Sıla joined our group as M.Sc. Student, Welcome! (September 2017)

Nanoday 2017 which includes NanoPoster and Nanopicture contests organized by UNAM. Our lab member Musa Efe Işılak is awarded as the winner of NanoPicture contest.

His award-winning SEM (Scanning-Electron Microscope) image “The Nano Prince” can be seen at the left picture frame.

Our lab member and PhD candidate Tolga Tarkan Ölmez also took the 2nd place in NanoPoster contest. Dr. Seker accepted the prizes for him.

Congratulations! (May 2017)

Dr. Seker presented an invited talk entitled as “Synthetic Genetic Circuits at the Bio-Nano Interface” at IEEE-Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems (NEMS) 2017 Conference at UCLA (April 2017)

SBL Group celebrated coming of SPRING with a barbecue picnic (April 2017)

Cemile Elif joined our group as a MSc. Student, Welcome Cemile Elif! (January 2017)


Our lab member Tugce defended her master thesis with success. Congrats Tugce! We wish Tugce continued success in her career! (September 2016)

Özge and Nedim joined our group as Master Students, Welcome Özge and Nedim! (September, 2016)

Ebuzer gave a talk entitled  “Genetically programmed functional bacterial biofilms” at the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition at Philadelpia (PA) with presentation (August, 2016)

Dr. Urartu Seker became a  board member of  European Federation of Biotechnology, Bioengineering Section (August, 2016)

Dr. Şeker has co-organized “Physical, Biological and Chemical Foundations of Bioelectronics, Biophotonics and Biosensors Workshop” with Dr. Zareie from IZTEC Materials Science and Engineering Department. The workshop took place in IZTEC (Izmir Institute of Technology)  İzmir, Turkey on 26-29 July 2016.

Efe Musa Işılak joined our group as a Master Student. Welcome Efe!

Ebru Sahin Kehribar (PhD Candidate) won Nanoday Poster Prize  (Runner up) with her poster presentation entitled “Micro-robots : Theranostic gene circuits”. Congrats Ebru !

Dr. Urartu Şeker received Science Academy Distinguished Young Scientist Award (BAGEP 2016). The awards are given by the Science Academy Association (Bilim Akademisi Derneği), which was established in 2011.  The objective of the program is to recognize the most promising young scientists and assist them in furthering their investigations.

Tuğçe Önür gave a talk at MRS 2016 Spring Meeting entitled :” Engineered Bacterial Functional Amyloids as Bionanomaterials” (January, 2016)

Onur Apaydın joined SBB group as a Master Student. Welcome Onur! (January, 2016)

Our group members attended to “IV. International Congress of the Molecular Biology Association of Turkey“. Ankara, Turkey (November 2015)


Behide Saltepe, PhD student, gave talk in “International Biomedical Science and Technology Symposium” titled as Synthetic Biology Enabled Nanotoxicity Monitoring in Real-Time. (October, 2015)

Recep Erdem Ahan joined our group as Master Student, Welcome! (September, 2015)

Ebru Şahin Kehribar joined our research group as a PhD student, Welcome Ebru ! (July, 2015)

SB2L is awarded on The Scientific & Tech. Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) grant for “Whole Cell Sensors for Biomedical Applications Using Synthetic Biology Tools”  (July, 2015)

Dr. Urartu Şeker wins FABED Eser Tümen Outstanding Young Scientist Award for his achievements in the area bionanotechnology and synthetic biology enabled systems. (July, 2015)

The awards are presented to young scientists in recognition of their exceptional achievements and research productivity, in honor of influential engineers Feyzi Akkaya and Eser Tümen.

SB2L is awarded on The Scientific & Tech. Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) grant for “Programmable Synthetic Genetic Circuit Design for Cascased Enzymatic Reactions for Biomineralization Process” (April, 2015)


Dr. Urartu Şeker wins TÜBA-GEBİP Outstanding Young Scientist Award for his achievements in the area of biological engineering (May, 2014)