Department of Genetics and Bioengineering


Our Senior Students are Granted Support by TÜBİTAK for Their Graduation Projects 

Five of our students are entitled to receive support from TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) within the scope of 2209-A - University Students Resarch Projects Support Program, to which they applied with their senior projects. We congratulate our students and advisors for their projects and wish them further success. Below you can find information about the projects our students coordinate, and the scope of support.


İzmir University of Economics Department of Genetics and Bioengineering Students and the TÜBİTAK 2209-A Projects They Coordinate

Student Advisor Project
Tolga DANIŞMAZ Burçak ALP Investigation of the Effect of Ultrasonication on Collagen Gel Formation During Collagen Recovery from Veal Tendon
Nazlıgül KESKE Cihangir YANDIM in silico Screening of Drugs for MTHFR enzyme and Their Evaluation in Huh7 Cell Line 
Onur ATEŞ Zeynep FIRTINA-KARAGONLAR Investigation of Expression of Telomere-Associated Genes in HCC Cell Lines to Determine Their Role in Drug Resistance
Büşra ACET Işınay Ebru YÜZAY Green Synthesis of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles using Hypericum perforatum and its waste
Başak Buse EREN Cihangir YANDIM Investigation of Selective Inhibitor Dynamics in PIK3CA Mutation Profile in Breast Cancer


TÜBİTAK 2209-A Program, which aims to encourage undergraduate students studying at universities to do reasearch through projects, provides grant support for the expenses of machinery/equipment, consumables, travel, service procurement required by the research projects prepared by the students.


American universities welcome Aydolun with open arms

Aydolun Petenkaya, who completed Izmir University of Economics (IUE) Department of Genetics and Bioengineering as a top student with a full scholarship and conducted many research studies during her education, entered the radar of universities in America. Receiving a PhD scholarship offer from 3 different universities, Petenkaya used her preference for the world-famous University of Illinois in Chicago, USA. Petenkaya, who was chosen among hundreds of students from across the world, and qualified to receive scholarship for the university’s  "bioinformatics" program from Turkey this year, will go to America on August 24 and stay there for 5 years. All education and living expenses of Petenkaya will be covered by the university in America.

Aydolun Petenkaya (22) from Izmir, who started to be interested in the field of genetics since high school and wanted to develop different projects and software in the field of genetic engineering, entered the Department of Genetics and Bioengineering, Izmir University of Economics in 2016,  the only one in the field in the Aegean Region. Petenkaya, who started her education with full scholarship, developed herself in a short period of time and also attracted attention with her researches to solve the genetic codes of diseases. Rapidly raising the bar of success with her diligence, projects and interest in the field of education, Petenkaya has set her target abroad for doctoral education.


Petenkaya, who successfully passed the GRE exam that students who want to study for postgraduate education take in America, has taken a giant step to reach her goal.

In addition to her academic success, taking the reference support of academics in IUE, Petenkaya was invited by 3 universities in USA. University of Illinois, George Mason University and Arizona State University offered full scholarship to Petenkaya for her doctorate education. Petenkaya preferred University of Illinois in Chicago in the competition in which 3 universities in the USA competed for her.


Petenkaya, who achieved a significant success at a young age, said that she was excited to go to America and wanted to make the best use of the opportunity offered to her. Petenkaya said, “Bioinformatics is a field that analyzes complex genetic data. I want to decipher the hidden genetic codes in our body. I see that this field is getting more and more important in our world that is going through a pandemic exam right now. We have experienced lecturers who came to our university from reputable institutions abroad in my department and faculty. Their support, their guidance to study in the United States and my classes being in completely English have been very effective in my success. Our academics with strong connections in my department also provided me with reference support. I'm excited and proud to be going to America. This training, which I see as an opportunity to improve myself and reach my goals, is very important for me.”


Petenkaya stated the following: “My goal is to return to my country after studying in the USA. I want to continue my academic career or pursue a career in the field of pharmaceuticals. Doing scientific research in Turkey, serving my country makes me very happy. I will do my best not to let down those who trust me. In a sense, I would be representing Turkey in America. 5 years is not a long period indeed. I would like to encourage students who will come after me by spending this time efficiently.”  


Collaboration Between Izmir University of Economics and Imperial College London

Our Genetics and Bioenginnering Department aims to implement cancer genetics applications fed by visions that are new to Turkey. We also aim to establish strong links between well-known academic institutions and our university. In line with this, our new academic member Asst. Prof. Dr. Cihangir Yandım has been awarded with TUBITAK’s Welcome Research Fund, with which he will investigate the cancer links of intergenic DNA regions (also known as “junk” DNA) and develop novel therapeutic strategies based on this phenomenon.

He will run this project in the TESLA Laboratories of our university and will as well be in academic collaboration with pioneer cancer scientists in Izmir and experts at Imperial College London; a top-tier research institution continuously ranked within top 10 universities in the world.

Dr. Yandım had been conducting his research at the Institute of Cancer Research in London before he joined our faculty and he is still an honorary scientific associate at Imperial College London.


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