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. DIAGNOSIS WORKS FOR COVID-19
    SYNTHETIC BIOSYSTEMS AND BIONANOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY, DR. URARTU ŞEKER
    Within the scope of the diagnosis of the factor of COVID-19, two different RNA keys have been designed in order to develop new generation rapid tests, and it is aimed to use the outputs that will occur in this area where test studies are progressing rapidly, to create a system that does not need fast-reliable and complex systems.
  1. ANTIBODY DIAGNOSTIC KITS FOR COVID-19
    SYNTHETIC BIOSYSTEMS AND BIONANOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY, DR. URARTU ŞEKER
    For antibody test kits, designs for the production of antigens belonging to Sars-CoV2 virus have been completed. Optimization studies for their production continue. In this context, production and optimization of spike protein, N protein of Sars-CoV2 virus has been completed and studies for their production are ongoing.
  1. DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF THE PROTEIN OF SARS-COV2 BLOCKING GRFFTHIS FOR COVID-19
    SYNTHETIC BIOSYSTEMS AND BIONANOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY, DR. URARTU ŞEKER
    In this project, where we take part as the TUBITAK COVID-19 Vaccine and Drug Development Platform Component, efforts are being carried out to develop a lectin protein as a candidate for the GRFT drug. In this context, it has been observed that GRFT protein blocks the virus entry in vitro with protein engineering studies. Our work on this subject is being continued. The studies we are carrying out together with Professor Aykut Özkul from Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Virology, are continuing rapidly.
    In the whole of these studies, devices such as SEM, AFM, Confocal microcopes, Fluorescence microscope, RT_PCR device, bioreactors, HPLC, mass spectrometry are used for monitorizing the inactivated virus. In this context, plans are ongoing for the use of the newly added cell sorter device.
  1. AUTONOMOUS UV-C DISINFECTION SYSTEM,
    DEMİR RESEARCH GROUP
    , DR. HİLMİ VOLKAN DEMİR GRUBU
    Autonomous UV-C Disinfection System: We are developing 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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5. NANOMATERIAL-BASED COLORIMETRIC AND FLUOROMETRIC APTASENSORS FOR CANCER AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES
TUNCEL RESEARCH GROUP, DR. DÖNÜŞ TUNCEL

6. SUPRAMOLECULAR ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS ACTING AS ARTIFICIAL ENZYMES FOR ENZYME-LINKED IMMUNOSORBENT ASSAYS FOR DETECTION OF VIRUSES
TUNCEL RESEARCH GROUP, DR. DÖNÜŞ TUNCEL

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

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

 9. IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF KNOWN PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS USING SUPRAMOLECULAR PRO-DRUG AND NANOPARTICULATE-BASED APPROACHES
TUNCEL RESEARCH GROUP, DR. DÖNÜŞ TUNCEL

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

Fiber optical cables and laser systems are widely used due to Its advantages for minimal and non-Invasive medical applications. Within Ortaç Group, fiber optical probes and laser systems, with different geometries operating In a wide range from UV to Infrared wavelengths, are developed with a flexible energy range for diagnosis and treatment.

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

 12. FLEXIBLE CHIPS AND MHEALTH APPROACHES FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE DIAGNOSTICS
INCI RESEARCH GROUP, DR. FATIH INCI

 13. MICROFLUIDICS AND SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES FOR MONITORING BACTERIAL INFECTIONS
INCI RESEARCH GROUP, DR. FATİH İNCİ

 14. BIOINSPIRED MATERIALS, MICROFLUIDICS AND IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR FORENSIC APPLICATIONS
INCI RESEARCH GROUP, DR. FATİH İNCİ