PeopleInstitute Faculty Members / Principal Investigators

Michelle Adams

Ph.D. New York University
Neuroscience Graduate Program, Dept. of Psychology and UNAM
michelle@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1090
Office: H349
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Cellular and synaptic changes in the aging brains

Engin U. Akkaya

Ph.D. Ohio State University
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
eua@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3570
Office: UNAM405
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Fluorescent molecular sensors, molecular logic gates, dye-sensitized solar cells, photodynamic theraphy

Abdullah Atalar

Ph.D. Stanford University
Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and UNAM
aatalar@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1201
Office: EE302
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Micromachined sensors, analog and digital integrated circuit design

Mehmet Baykara

Ph.D. Yale University
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and UNAM
mehmet.baykara@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3428
Office: EA110
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Atomic force microscopy, nanotribology

Bilge Baytekin

Ph.D. Freie Universitat Berlin
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
b-baytekin@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2153
Office: SB311
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Mechanochemistry, polymers for energy applications, soft robots

Tarık Baytekin

Ph.D. Middle East Technical University
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
baytekin@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8043
Office: UNAM305
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Polymers and Surface Chemistry

Seymur Cahangirov

Ph.D. Bilkent University
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
seymur@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3578
Office: UNAM206
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Silicene, 2D monolayers and multilayers, friction and dissipation, atomic chains and nanowires

Murat Alper Cevher

Ph.D. The City University of New York
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
murat.cevher@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2503
Office: SB309
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Transcription, transcription factors, Mediator complex, Multibac baculovirus based recombinant protein synthesis, nuclear receptors and breast cancer

Cağlar Çekiç

Ph.D. University of Louisville
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
caglar.cekic@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2419
Office: SB246
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Immunology, Pharmacology, Purinergic Signaling, Cancer therapy, Vaccine design

Salim Çıracı

Ph.D. Stanford University
Dept. of Physics and UNAM
ciraci@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1216
Office: SA229
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Super-low friction, hydrogen storage, molecular electronics, spintronics, nanowires

Onur Çizmecioğlu

Ph.D. Cell Biology, University of Heidelberg
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
onur.cizmecioglu@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2138
Office: SB310
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Mitogenic signaling pathways, cell cycle, cancer therapy and drug resistance

Ömer Dağ

Ph.D. Middle East Technical University
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
dag@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3918
Office: SB123
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Mesoporous metal oxide, metal sulfide, and metal selenide materials, lyotropic liquid crystals and gel electrolytes, porous thin film electrode materials

Aykutlu Dana

Ph.D. Stanford University
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
aykutlu@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8988
Office: UNAM206
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Force microscopy and spectroscopy, micro and nano electro-opto-mechanical systems and sensors, plasmon resonance based detection, photovoltaic materials and devices

Hilmi Volkan Demir

Ph.D. Stanford University
Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Dept. of Physics and UNAM
volkan@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1021
Office: UNAM Director's Office
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Nanophotonics, nanocrystal optoeelectronics, devices and sensors, light-emitting diodes, lighting, energy research

Engin Durgun

Ph.D. Bilkent University
MSN Graduate Program UNAM
durgun@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 312 290 3578
Office: UNAM107
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Hydrogen storage, 2D ultrathin material systems, solar-thermal fuels, cement chemistry, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials

Cağlar Elbüken

Ph.D. University of Waterloo
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
elbuken@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3550
Office: UNAM105
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Microdroplet-based microfluidic systems, integrated microfluidic systems

Ebru Erbay

Ph.D. University of Illinois, UC
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
eerbay@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2505
Office: SB242
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Lipotoxic endoplasmic stress, cardiometabolic syndrome, inflammation mechanics, disease modeling

Yegan Erdem

Ph.D. UC Berkeley
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and UNAM
yeganerdem@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3068
Office: EA122
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Microfluidic reactors and networks, MEMS, nanosensors, energy harvesting

Ali Osmay Güre

Ph.D. Cornell University
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
agure@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2507
Office: B248
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Cancer biology, antibody and gene expression profiling, biomarker discovery

Ihsan Gursel

Ph.D. Middle East Technical University
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
ihsangursel@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2408
Office: SB244
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Immune therapeutic applications of nanobiotechnology and nanobiomaterials. Vaccine and adjuvant design to cure cancer, infectious diseases and allergy. Therapy of autoimmune/autoinflammatory diseases via targeted drug delivery systems

Oğuz Gülseren

Ph.D. Bilkent University
Dept. of Physics, and UNAM
gulseren@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1937
Office: SA-225
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience, Graphene, Solar cells, Plasmonics, Metal nanowires, carbon nanotubes, electronic structure of solids, material properties from first principles

Serkan Ismail Göktuna

Ph.D. Technical University of Munich
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
serkan.goktuna@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2418
Office: SB243
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Cancer biology, gastrointestinal cancers, tumor immunology, signal transduction

Selim Hanay

Ph.D. Caltech
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and UNAM
selimhanay@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3435
Office: EA126
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Biosensor design, MEMS and NEMS, on-chip mass spectroscopy

Fatih Ömer İlday

Ph.D. Cornell University
Dept. of Physics, Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and UNAM
ilday@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8076
Office: EE506
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Fiber lasers, nonlinear and ultrafast optics, biomedical applications of lasers, nonlinear and stochastic dynamics, micro- and nano-structuring of matter via laser light, and nanophotonics

Ferdi Karadaş

Ph.D. Texas A&M
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
karadas@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1997
Office: SB120
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Hydrogen storage, Water oxidation catalysis

Yiğit Karpat

Ph.D. Rutgers University
Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, and UNAM
ykarpat@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2263
Office: EA205
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Mechanical micro machining, Ultra precision diamond machining, Thermal energy micro machining, , Micro additive manufacturing

Talip Serkan Kasırga

Ph.D. University of Washington
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
kasirga@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8026
Office: UNAM Director's Office
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Strongly correlated materials, 2D materials

Coşkun Kocabaş

Ph.D. U.I. Urbana-Champaign
Dept. of Physics and UNAM
ckocabas@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8078
Office: ARL102
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Synthesis of carbon nanotube arrays, modeling of carbon nanotube transistors, dynamic microfluidic sensors

Özlen Konu

Ph.D. Texas Tech University
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neuroscience Graduate, and UNAM
konu@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2123
Office: SB245
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Bioinformatics and genomics, cellular signaling in cancer, drug screening and disease models in zebrafish

Hayrettin Köymen

Ph.D. University of Birmingham
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and UNAM
koymen@ee.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2457
Office: EE303
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Acoustics, Ultrasonics, Electronics, Transduction, Micromachined Sensors

Bülend Ortaç

Ph.D. University of Rouen
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
ortac@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3526
Office: UNAM105
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Fiber lasers, saturable absorbers, development of high-power fiber amplification systems

Ekmel Özbay

Ph.D. Stanford University
Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Dept. of Physics, and UNAM
ozbay@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1966
Office: NANOTAM
Group website:
Research Interests:

Tayfun Özçelik

M.D. İstanbul University
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
tozcelik@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2139
Office: B242
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Identification of inherited gene mutations, neurodevelopmental disorders, X-chromosome inactivation and autoimmunity, genetic predisposition to cancer

Emrah Özensoy

Ph.D. Texas A & M University
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
ozensoy@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2121
Office: SB312
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Heterogeneous Catalysis and Photocatalysis, Nanomaterials for Energy Storage & Conversion, Environmental Catalysis, Renewable Energy Systems, Spectroscopy and Surface Science

Özgür Şahin

Ph.D. University of Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
osahin@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2402
Office: SB247
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Systems biology of drug resistance and metastasis

Şefik Süzer

Ph.D. University of California
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
suzer@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 1476
Office: SB216
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Layer-by-layer deposition and their antibacterial applications, electrical investigation on nano-scale structures with dynamic XPS, tribochemistry investigation of various materials, wettability of surfaces

Urartu Şeker

Ph.D. Istanbul Technical U.
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
urartu@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3573
Office: UNAM408
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Synthetic biology, genetically engineered organisms/biodevices, genetic engineering and protein engineering at the bio-nano interface, medical biotechnology

Ayşe Begüm Tekinay

Ph.D. The Rockefeller University
MSN Graduate Program, Neuroscience Graduate Program and UNAM
atekinay@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8985
Office: UNAM405
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, molecular neuroscience, genetic manipulation of organisms for the development of sustainable technologies

Dönüş Tuncel

Ph.D. University of Cambridge and Imperial College
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
dtuncel@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2420
Office: UNAM Director's Office
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Design and synthesis of novel organic and inorganic/organic hybrid, nanostructured functional materials with potential applications in the areas of photonics, photocatalysis and bionanotechnology

Yunus Emre Türkmen

Ph.D. Univ. of Chicago
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
yeturkmen@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2451
Office: SB122
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Organocatalysis, Biomimetic catalyst design, Sustainable chemistry, Synthetic methodology development

Tamer Uyar

Ph.D. North Carolina State U.
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
tamer@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8987
Office: UNAM408
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Multi-functional nanotextile materials, polymeric nanocomposites, functional polymeric and inorganic nanofibers

Burak Ülgüt

Ph.D. Cornell University
Dept. of Chemistry and UNAM
ulgut@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2403
Office: SB314
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Impedance based models of energy storage and conversion systems. Instrumentation, in-situ electrochemical techniques. Electrochemical noise measurements

Giovanni Volpe

Ph.D. ICFO
Dept. of Physics and UNAM
giovanni.volpe@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8079
Office: ARLZ02
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Statistical Physics, Special Optical Beams and Fiber Optics, Plasmonics, Force Measurements at the Nanoscale, Total Internal Reflection Microscopy, Optical Manipulations and Photonic Force Microscopy

Eda Yılmaz

Ph.D. Bilkent University
MSN Graduate Program and UNAM
yilmaz@unam.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 8028
Office: UNAM307
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Energy storage, lithium-oxygen batteries

Semiha Yılmazer

PhD Karadeniz Technical University
Dept. of IAED and UNAM
semiha@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2592
Office: F403A
Group website:
Research Interests: Building physics, physical and mechanical properties of building materials with particular emphasize on acoustics, thermal and humidity behaviours, building construction, room acoustics, architectural lighting.

Işık Yuluğ

Ph.D. University of London
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and UNAM
yulug@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 (312) 290 2506
Office: SB241
Group website: View website
Research Interests: Transcriptional mapping of human chromosomes, Mapping of genes in human and mouse, Molecular genetics and biology of inherited cancers, Somatic cell genetics