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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



Visiting Researchers & Postdoctoral Fellows



 

Dr. Aslihan Gökaltun

Visiting Scholar (Part-Time)

Postdoc: Center for Engineering in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 2017, USA

PhD: Chemical Engineering, Hacettepe University, 2014, Turkey



PhD Students



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.


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.


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.


Recep Erdem Ahan

PhD Student

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

BSc: (Double Major) : Chemistry,  Istanbul Technical University, 2015

MSc: Material Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 2018

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.


Merve Erden

PhD Student

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics,  Bilkent University, 2016

MSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2018

Merve is graduated from the department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in Bilkent University at 2016. Her main research focus is on biochemistry. In our lab, she will be working with biosensor group on whole-cell biosensors. In her free time, she likes to dance, watching movies and hanging around with friends.



M.Sc. Students



 

Musa Efe 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.


Nedim Hacıosmanoğlu

MSc Student

BSc : Istanbul Technical University (ITU) – Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2016

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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Özge Begli

MSc Student

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University , 2016

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.


Cemile Elif Özçelik

MSc Student

BSc : 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. Besides them, she likes painting, knitting, fencing, and travelling.


Büşra Merve Kırpat

MSc Student

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University , 2017

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.

 


Sıla Köse

MSc Student

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics, METU, 2017

Sıla is graduated from the department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at METU, Class of ‘17. She has experience in PCR based cloning, recombinant protein expression and pull-down experiments. She is interested in bioengineering and drug design. Outside of the lab, she likes criticizing movies, playing with her hamsters and watching trivial videos.


Merve Yavuz

MSc Student

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics, METU, 2016

Merve has graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. She has experienced acclimation of soil bacterium to certain heavy metals for bioremediation during her undergraduate project. Currently, she is working with Ebru Şahin Kehribar in a project which aims tumor targeting via E.coli Nissle probiotic.

Besides science, she is willing to spend time with special children (with leukemia or Down syndrome). She loves music and enjoys playing violin, painting and reading novels.


Çisil Köksaldı

MSc Student

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2017

Çisil has graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at 2017. Currently, she is working with our biosensor group to build and optimize different whole cell biosensors for various purposes.


Zafer Koşar

MSc Student

BSc :  Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2018

Zafer graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at 2018. He joined in our lab at the same year to work with our biofilm research group. In his free time, Zafer enjoys producing photography art and a variety of different sports.


Julian Ostaku

MSc Student

BSc :  Molecular Biology and Genetics, METU, 2018

Julian graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2018. He joined our lab in fall 2018 and his main interest is bioengineering. Julian spends his free time watching movies, hanging out with his friends or reading fiction books.


Gökçe Özkul

MSc Student

BSc : Environmental Engineering, METU, 2018

Gökçe has graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Environmental Engineering in 2018. She has joined biofilm research group recently. On her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading thrillers, hiking and spending time with friends and family.



Alumni



 

Dr. Tolga Tarkan Ölmez

Completed Ph.D. degree with SBL

Current Position: Postdoc at Yale University, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, ACAR Lab


Dr. Ebuzer Kalyoncu

Completed Ph.D. degree with SBL

Current Position: Researcher at TUBITAK-MAM, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Institute


Tuğçe Önür

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position : PhD Student at Queensland University of Technology – Australia


Onur Apaydın

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position : Max Delbruck Centrum for Molekular Medicine – Dr. Suphansa Sawamiphak’s Lab – Germany


Ayşenaz Ozantürk

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: PhD candidate at Washington University – School of Medicine in St. Louis.


Simay Ayhan

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MsC candidate at University of Heidelberg – Department of Infectious Diseases


Hazal Beril Çatalak

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: Bilkent University, Molecular Biology and Genetics


Nazlı Kara

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MSc Candidate at Sabanci University -Department of Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering