COVID-19 RESEARCH AT UNAM

At UNAM we are conducting in-depth and all-round R&D programs in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology to help the world recover from COVID-19 and to create benefit for humanity. Please find the latest information on our work below and stay safe

1-AUTONOMOUS UV-C DISINFECTION SYSTEM,
DR. HİLMİ VOLKAN DEMİR,
DEMİR RESEARCH GROUP

This research, led by Dr. Hilmi Volkan Demir, with the focus of COVID-19 PREVENTION, aims to develop a highly efficient UVC LED based autonomous disinfection system for the disinfection of indoor areas where the possibility of the virus contagion is high, such as hospitals, schools and public transport.

 

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2-DIAGNOSIS WORKS FOR COVID-19,
DR. URARTU ŞEKER,
SYNTHETIC BIOSYSTEMS AND BIONANOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

Within the scope of the DIAGNOSIS of the factor of COVID-19, the design of two different RNA keys is being studied with the aim of developing new generation rapid tests that  are  fast, reliable and do not require complex systems.

3-ANTIBODY DIAGNOSTIC KITS FOR COVID-19,
DR. URARTU ŞEKER,
SYNTHETIC BIOSYSTEMS AND BIONANOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

For antibody test kits with COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC and PREVENTION focus, designs for the production of antigens belonging to Sars-CoV2 virus have been completed and optimization studies for the production of kits are ongoing.

4- DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF THE PROTEIN OF SARS-COV2 BLOCKING GRFFTHIS FOR COVID-19,
DR. URARTU ŞEKER,
SYNTHETIC BIOSYSTEMS AND BIONANOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

With the COVID-19 TREATMENT and PREVENTION focus, in this project, where we take place as TÜBİTAK COVID-19 Vaccine and Drug Development Platform Component, studies are carried out for the development of a lectin protein, named GRFT, as a drug candidate. The studies have been carrying out together with Prof. Aykut Özkul from Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Virology and are continuing rapidly. Devices such as SEM, AFM, Confocal microcopes, Fluorescence microscope, RT_PCR device, bioreactors, HPLC, mass spectrometry inUNAM are used in the imaging of the inactivated virus.

5- DEVELOPMENT OF LASER SYSTEMS AND FIBER OPTICAL PROBES FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS,
DR. BÜLEND ORTAÇ,
ORTAÇ RESEARCH GROUP

The treatment properties of the fiber and laser systems we developed in intravenous applications on 10000 patients have been documented. With the COVID-19 TREATMENT focus, using UV laser technology, beams are sent at certain doses and wavelengths to the regions where the disease has penetrated, while providing the patient a comfortable experience. The starting idea of the research is that cleaning process performed in the living spaces with UV rays can also be done inside the body.

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6- NANOMATERIAL-BASED COLORIMETRIC AND FLUOROMETRIC APTASENSORS FOR CANCER AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES,
DR. DÖNÜŞ TUNCEL,
TUNCEL RESEARCH GROUP

A study focusing on early DIAGNOSTIC for cancer and many diseases such as COVID-19.

7- PHOTODYNAMIC AND PHOTOTHERMAL THERAPIES FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES,
DR. DÖNÜŞ TUNCEL,
TUNCEL RESEARCH GROUP

This study is carried out focusing on COVID-19 TREATMENT.

8- DEVELOPMENT OF ANTIVIRAL AND ANTIBACTERIAL SURFACES,
DR. DÖNÜŞ TUNCEL,
TUNCEL RESEARCH GROUP

This study is carried out focusing on COVID-19 PREVENTION.

9- INCREASING THE EFFICIENCY AND REDUCING THE SIDE EFFECTS OF KNOWN DRUGS WITH SUPRAMOLECULAR PRO-DRUG NANOPARTICULATE-BASED APPROACHES FOR VIRAL INFECTIONS AND CANCER TREATMENT,
DR. DÖNÜŞ TUNCEL,
TUNCEL RESEARCH GROUP

This study is carried out focusing on COVID-19 TREATMENT.

10- PLASMONIC MODALITIES AND METAMATERIALS FOR VIRAL LOAD ANALYSIS AT THE POINT-OF-CARE SETTINGS,
DR. FATİH İNCİ

This research, led by Dr. Fatih İnci, focusing on COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS, incorporates microfluidics and metamaterial-based plasmonic sensors that can be applied in hospitals at the patient-side and directly determining the amount of the viral load. With sensitive sensors placed in channels as thin as capillaries, the presence and number of viruses are determined both precisely and specifically by looking at the color change in the light wavelength. In addition, this study has the potential to be used in TREATMENT monitoring processes.

11- FLEXIBLE CHIPS AND M-HEALTH APPROACHES FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE DIAGNOSTICS,
DR. FATIH INCI

Dr. This research, led by Fatih İnci, with the focus of COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS, determines the presence of viral biomarkers via portable sensor chips, which can be applied when needed, and the data can be obtained with mobile devices such as mobile phones, and at the same time, these results can also be accessed by secure cloud platforms, Thus, the patient’s DIAGNOSIS and TREATMENT can be followed up.

12- DEVELOPMENT OF A MICROWAVE-MICROFLUIDICS ENABLED PORTABLE DIAGNOSTIC PLATFORM FOR RAPID AND ACCURATE COVID-19 DETECTION AND SCREENING’ 

This research program, aiming to develop a portable diagnostic platform working with microwave-microfluidic system, is being carried out with the focus on to develop a rapid, efficient and easy DIAGNOSIS and detection system for viruses or diseases, including the COVID-19 virus, under the leadership of Dr Gürkan Yeşilöz.

 

 

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