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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Urartu Özgür Şafak ŞEKER

Dr. Seker’s Curriculum Vitae

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



Postdoctoral Researchers



Ebru Aras, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

BSc: Bilkent University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

MSc: METU, Middle East Technical University, Department of Biological Sciences

PhD: University of Geneva, Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, 2014-2019

Postdoc: UCI, University of California, Irvine Center of Epigenetics and Metabolism, March 2020-July 2020

Ebru’s background is focused mainly on metabolism, including the circadian rhythm biology, insulin and glucose homeostasis, and overall in vivo metabolism and signalling in healthy and diseased states. Her main desire for the projects is to have translational aspects and the findings from basic research that will be applied to clinical studies to evaluate their impact on human health.

In her free time, she likes to spend time with her loved ones and re-watch the series “The Office” for the 83rd time.


Ebru Şahin Kehribar, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

BSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2010

MSc: Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Sabancı University, 2013

PhD: Material Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 2021

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.



PhD Students



Recep Erdem Ahan

PhD Candidate

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 Candidate

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. She is interested in understanding the transcriptomic response of nanoparticle triggered toxicity. She aims to use the clues from transcriptomic data to build genetic circuits to overcome the toxic effects of the nanoparticles. In her free time, she likes to dance, watching movies and hanging around with friends.


Merve Yavuz

PhD Candidate

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics, METU, 2016

Merve has graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Currently, she is working on developing synthetic genetic circuits to produce bacterial magnets within the cell for biomedical applications.

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.


Nedim Hacıosmanoğlu

PhD Candidate

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

MSc: Material Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 2019

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) to relax. For more information about previous work experiences and projects, please visit


Murat A. Güngen

PhD Candidate

BSc: Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, 2016

MSc: Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, 2019

Even though Murat comes from an engineering background, he has always maintained an interest in biology and biotechnology. After finishing a masters working with neuromorphic circuits, Murat wants to pursue synthetic biology integrating the field with his technical experiences.

Outside of the lab, he is an avid reader and moviegoer.


Cemile Elif Özçelik

PhD Student

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics, Middle East Technical University

MSc: Material Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 2020

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.


Suat Tüçer

PhD Student

MSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2019

Suat was graduated from ITU, Molecular Biology and Genetics department. He got his MSc degree in Bilkent University MBG department and his main research focus was on immunology. He is now in UNAM to broaden his knowledge in biology related interdisciplinary fields in his PhD degree.
He loves nature and in his free time he likes to go camping and doing sport.


Senem Şen

PhD Student

BSc: Bioengineering, Ege University, 2018

MSc: Bioengineering, Ege University, 2021

Senem graduated from Ege University, department of bioengineering in 2018. She likes particularly the works that require analytical intelligence. Besides them, she enjoys doing yoga and chatting with her loved ones.


Gökçe Özkul

PhD Student

BSc : Environmental Engineering, METU, 2018

MSc: Material Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 2021

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.


Çisil Köksaldı

PhD Student

BSc : Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2017

MSc: Material Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 2021

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.



M.Sc. Students



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.


Anooshay Khan

MSc Student
(Neuroscience Grad Program)

BSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2019

Anooshay graduated from the department of molecular biology and genetics, along side which she pursued a minor is psychology. She is currently enrolled in the masters in neuroscience at Bilkent University. Her research areas focuses on neurodegenerative disorders.

Her moto is work hard play hard 🤘


Ahmet Hınçer

MSc Student

BSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2020

Ahmet graduated from molecular biology and genetics department of Bilkent University. His main interests are computational biology and protein engineering. His reason to study this field was curing his mother’s blindness, thus applicable side of synthetic biology was fascinating him. He was the member of iGEM teams at 2018 and 2019. This year, he became one of the advisors of the team. On his free time, he loves watching and playing basketball, hanging out with his friends and chatting with everyone around him.


Nedim Kurt

MSc Student

BSc: Biology, Anadolu University, 2020

Nedim graduated from Anadolu University Biology Department, and his major interest was cancer biology during his undergraduate. He is now interested in synthetic biology applications. He likes reading philosophy books, playing drums, and watching TV series.


Gozeel Binte Shahid

MSc Student

BSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2019

I graduated from the department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent 2019. I did my internship in Sabanci University. My main interest lies in the field of bioengineering. I find it fascinating to be able to create tangible devices using biological principles. I also have experience and interest in the fields of marketing and management.
My hobbies include English literature, music, sketching and drama. I’m also a hard-core animal lover.
One of my guiding principles in life is “Amat victoria curam”.


Doğuş Akboğa

MSc Student

BSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2021

Doğuş has graduated from the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of Bilkent University in 2021. He has been working in SynBioLab since February 2019. He was a member of the iGEM team in 2019 and 2020. He has worked on a variety of projects for SynBioLab throughout his undergraduate, his main area of interest now is synthetic biology applications for cancer immunotherapy. He is a bookworm, has experience in playing and coaching professional junior varsity basketball teams of Hacettepe University, Ankara University, and Turk Telekom, and loves making hip-hop music.



Alumni



PhD Graduates of Synthetic Biosystems Laboratory

Dr. Ebru Şahin Kehribar, 2021

Completed Ph.D. degree with SBL

Current Position:

CTO at Synbiotik Biotechnology

Postdoc at SBL

Dr. Behide Saltepe, 2020

Completed Ph.D. degree with SBL

Current Position:

Postdoc at University of Edinburgh,

School of Biological Sciences, Wang Lab

Dr. Elif Duman, 2019

Completed Ph.D. degree with SBL

Current Position:

Senior scientist at Gen Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Tolga Tarkan Ölmez, 2017

Completed Ph.D. degree with SBL

Current Position:

Postdoc at Yale University,

Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, ACAR Lab

Dr. Ebuzer Kalyoncu, 2017

Completed Ph.D. degree with SBL

Current Position: 

Assistant Professor, İstanbul Health Science and Technology University (ISTUN), Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics


MSc. Graduates of Synthetic Biosystems Laboratory

 
Çisil Köksaldı, 2021

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

PhD Student at SBL

Gökçe Özkul, 2021

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

PhD Student at SBL

Eray Ulaş Bozkurt, 2021

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

PhD Student at Technical University of Denmark

Sıla Köse, 2021

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

PhD Student at the University of Konstanz, Hartig Group – Germany

Büşra Merve Kırpat, 2021

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

Will start her PhD at the University of Freiburg, Di Ventura Lab – Germany

 Cemile Elif Özçelik, 2020

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

PhD Student at SBL

     
Musa Efe Işılak, 2019

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

Family Farm

Özge Beğli, 2019

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

Intergen Clinical Genetics and Diagnosis

Nedim Hacıosmanoğlu, 2019

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :

PhD Student at SBL

     
Recep Erdem Ahan, 2018

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position : pursuing PhD with SBL

Onur Apaydın, 2017

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

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

Tuğçe Önür, 2016

Completed Master of Science  (MSc) degree with SBL

Current Position :PhD Student Queensland University of Technology – Australia


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS

Azra Atabay

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MSc student at TU Dresden Regenerative Biology and Medicine

Simay Ayhan

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

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

 Ayşenaz OzantürkUndergraduate Student (Senior)
Current Position: PhD candidate at Washington University – School of Medicine in St. Louis.
 

Nazlı Kara

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MSc Student at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Ezgi Dikici

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MSc Student at TU Dresden Molecular Bioengineering

Mehmet Ali Hoşkan

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MSc Student at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre

Ayşenur Deniz Çayırtepe

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MSc Student at Nagoya University

İlayda Şenyüz

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MSc Student at Bonn University