Faculty

Nazente Atçeken

Nazente Atçeken received her BSc. degree in Biology from Erciyes University. She completed her M.Sc. in Biology/Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aksaray University in collaboration with Hacettepe University. She studied genetics of rare diseases using genetic mapping, sequencing technologies and mutation analysis. She received her doctorate degree (2020) in Biology / Molecular Biology and Genetics from Aksaray University. During her doctorate, she studied cell culture techniques and stem cell at Erciyes University (GENKOK) for a term as special training assistant. She focused on large-scale genotype-phenotype correlation using genotyping techniques, OMICS technologies and bioinformatic big data analyzes to elucidate genetic predispositions in the etiology of diseases. In 2022, she joined the DxBiotech lab at Koç University as a postdoctoral fellow supported by a TUSEB project. She continues her research on developing PoC-Lamp diagnostic platforms for pathogen-specific and mutation detection.

Münire Gül

Dr. Münire Gül received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Biology degrees from Ankara University. She completed her Ph.D. in the Biotechnology Department of Ege University. During her Ph.D., she mainly carried out Plant Biotechnology studies within the scope of University-Industry collaborations and has experience in commercial production in the private sector. Her thesis and studies were supported by TUBITAK with the SAN-TEZ and TEYDEB projects. In her postdoctoral research, she focused on the adaptation of Plant Biotechnology to Microfluidic Systems in the Therapeutic Bioengineering Laboratory in cooperation with İzmir Biomedicine and Genome Center and İzmir Institute of Technology. Her current research focuses on magnetic levitation application of reproductive cells and understanding the effects of spaceflight, microgravity, and radiation on human reproductive cells in the Digital Biotechnology Lab at Koç University as a Postdoctoral fellowship in collaboration with Yale University School of Medicine and HCA Healthcare.

Sattar Akbari Nakhjavani

Sattar received his Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine from Tabriz Islamic Azad University, in 2008, focusing on the effects of probiotics on the E. coli infections on mice. In 2013, he started his Ph.D in Molecular Medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. In 2015, he joined the research center for pharmaceutical nanotechnology at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences as joint senior researcher and worked with Prof. Yadolalh Omidi. In 2017, he was awarded TUMS international scholarship and joined the group of Prof. Sandro Carrara as a visiting PhD student at EPFL, Switzerland. During his PhD, he focused on developing biosensors for the detection of breast cancer biomarkers which has been published in high-impact journals such as Biosensors and Bioelectronics, IEEE Sensors Journals, and Trends in Analytical Chemistry. In 2022, he joined Tasoglu lab at Koc University as a Postdoctoral fellowship, focusing on developing biosensors for detection of biomarkers.

Berin Özdalgıç

Dr.  Berin  Ozdalgic  received  her  Physics  degree  from  Istanbul  University.  She submitted her M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses in the Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics.Sheconductedher research in the Laser Laboratory at Graz University of Technology (Graz, Austria), Laser Center of the University of Latvia (Riga, Latvia), Laser Laboratory at Istanbul University and Opto-fluidics and Nano-Optics Research Laboratory at Koc University (Istanbul, Türkiye). She was awarded with 2  Scientific  Research  Project  grants  from  Istanbul  University  and  2 fellowships  funded  from TUBITAK.Currently,  she  is  an  Assistant  Professor  of  School  of Medical  Services  and  Techniques  and  Engineering  Faculty  at  Dogus  University. Her current research  focuses  on  microfluidics  enabled  point-of-care  diagnostics,  ocular  drug  delivery, medical image analysisand bioprinting. She is awarded with TUBITAK BIDEB 2218 Research Grant and Fellowshipas a PostDoc researcher at Koc University.

Zihni Onur Uygun

Zihni Onur Uygun received his doctoral degree in Medical Biochemistry from Ege University in 2020. He especially has been focusing on affinity based impedimetric sensor and biosensor development since 2011. His doctorate education and doctoral thesis were supported by TUBİTAK-1001 project and TÜBİTAK-2211C National PhD Scholarship Program in the Priority Fields in Science and Technology, respectively. His doctoral thesis was awarded by Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) Health and Life Sciences 1st Place in 2021. Academically, he gained several national and international awards, published international patent, articles, book chapters, and joined TÜBİTAK and Ege University supported projects on biosensors and sensors. In 2022, he joined to Tasoglu Lab at Koç University as a Postdoctoral fellow supported by TÜBİTAK-2218 program and has been developing 3D printed AIDS detection biosensors.

Mostafa Shojaeian

Mostafa completed his PhD study in Mechanical Engineering from TU Darmstadt, Germany, in 2020.  His PhD study focused on droplet-based microfluidics, a drastic tool for biomedical/bioengineering applications, through which he showed droplets can be used as versatile biological reaction compartments. His research interests extend over a broad area taking into account heat and fluid flows in small scales, heat transfer, complex fluids, multi-phase flows, (droplet-based) microfluidics, and microfluidic applications for life science. He is ambitious to implement valuable research investigations with particular attention to research platforms at both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary domains, which lie at the interface of engineering and life science. Mostafa will join DxBiotech Lab at Koç university as a postdoc fellow, working on microfluidics for ophthalmic point-of-care diagnostics among others.         

 

Savas Tasoglu

Dr. Savas Tasoglu is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and KUTTAM, Koc University and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University. Dr. Tasoglu obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from METU (2006) and Koc University (2008), respectively. Dr. Tasoglu received his Ph.D. in 2011 from UC Berkeley, with a research focus on transport phenomena and pharmacokinetics of anti-HIV microbicide drug delivery. Dr. Tasoglu held a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology between 2011 and 2014. He serves on the editorial board of several journals including Bioprinting (Elsevier), Scientific Reports (Nature), iScience (Cell), Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine (FSG), Micromachines, and International Journal of Bioprinting.