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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

 

 



PhD Students



Behide Saltepe

PhD Candidate

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.


 

 

Ebru Şahin Kehribar

PhD Candidate

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. 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 Student

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


 

Murat A. Güngen

PhD Student

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.


Volkan Aslan

PhD Student

MD: School of Medicine, Ankara University, 2003

Medical Microbiology Specialization: Ankara Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Research & Training Hospital, 2009

After some years of medical microbiology practice, Volkan joined in the Synthetic Biosystems Lab. in 2020, to tackle the problem of recalctriant infections by using various synthetic biology tools. He enjoys playing go, reading, listening to rock music and pretending to play electric guitar.



M.Sc. Students



 

 

 

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.

 


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.


Eray Ulaş Bozkurt

MSc Student

BSc: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, 2019

Eray has graduated from Molecular Biology an Genetics Department, Bilkent University in 2019. , He was a member of  Bilkent UNAMBG iGEM Team in 2017 and 2018. In his senior year, he worked with Behide Saltepe on engineering heat shock mechanism to detect nanomaterial-triggered toxicity. In his free time, He enjoys reading old biology papers and playing basketball.


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 🤘



Alumni


PhD Graduates of Synthetic Biosystems Laboratory

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: 

Researcher at TUBITAK-MAM, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Institute

 

MSc. Graduates of Synthetic Biosystems Laboratory

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 Hacıoamanoğlu, 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 Studen 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: Master Student at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Ezgi Dikici

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Current Position: MSc Student at TU Dresden Molecular Bioengineering