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Friday, 13 May 2016

Ahu Arslan Yildiz, Assistant Professor at İzmir Institute of Technology


Ahu Arslan Yildiz

Assistant Professor at İzmir Institute of Technology

PhD Biology
Professor (Assistant)
, İzmir · Bioengineering Department


Email: ahuarslan AT iyte DOT edu DOT tr

Phone: (+90) 232 750 7384

Address: Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Bioengineering, Urla, 35430, Izmir, Turkey





Assistant Professor

İzmir Institute of Technology
– Present (1 year 2 months)
Department of Bioengineering

Visiting Scholar

Stanford University
(1 year)Palo Alto, CA

Assistant Professor

Okan University
(1 year 3 months)Istanbul, Turkey

Research experience

  • May 2014–
    Apr 2015
    Visiting Scholar
    Stanford Medicine · Department of Radiology · Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection
    United States · Stanford
  • Feb 2014–
    May 2015
    Asst. Prof.
    Okan Universitesi · Genetics and Bioengineering
    Turkey · Istanbul
  • Mar 2010–
    Feb 2014
    Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Singapore · Singapore
  • Jun 2006–
    Jan 2010
    Max-Planck-Institut Polymer Research
    Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung
    Germany · Mainz
  • Sep 2003–
    Jan 2006
    Middle East Technical University · Department of Chemistry
    Turkey · Ankara


  • May 2006–
    Jan 2010
    Max-Planck-Institut for Polymer Research
    Biochemistry, Material Science · Ph.D.
    Germany · Mainz
  • Sep 2003–
    Jan 2006
    Middle East Technical University
    Chemistry, Polymer Science · M.Sc.
    Turkey · Ankara
  • Sep 1998–
    Jun 2003
    Hacettepe University
    Chemistry · B.Sc.
    Turkey · Ankara


Ahu Arslan Yildiz named among the top innovators under 35 in Turkey

September 17, 2014
Photo of Ahu YildizWe are pleased to announce that Canary Center Postdoctoral Fellow Ahu Arslan Yildiz has been recognized as one of the top innovators under 35 in Turkey.
For more than a decade, MIT Technology Review, the world's oldest and most respected technology publication, has identified young Innovators whose superb work contributes in transforming the nature of technology around the world. Innovators Under 35 has become a main reference for the discovery and support of emerging talent.
Innovators Under 35 Turkey identifies the young men and women driving the most impressive works in the country and recognizes them for their work. Innovators are nominated by leaders from universities, businesses and government institutions.
Dr Yildiz has developed an artificial membrane platform that mimics the real cell membrane and is used for the development and testing of next generation drugs.
Membrane proteins play crucial roles in fulfilling the vital functions in the cells, ranging from cell-signaling and signal transduction, to nutrition uptake and ion transport. Despite their importance, current knowledge about membrane proteins assembly and function is very limited due to lack of reliable and robust experimental sensing platforms.
Dr. Yildiz's work utilizes materials science combined with membrane biophysics that deeply incorporates expert surface chemistry techniques into the synthetic biochemistry field with intention to characterize membrane proteins. The newly developed artificial cell membrane platform is a powerful, easy-to-use experimental tool for screening cellular interactions such as protein-protein and protein-drug interactions, as well as for studying many diseases which directly associated with cell membranes and integrated proteins.
As Dr. Yildiz explains; "It is a kind of tool-box and all of the components can be changed depending on scientific needs and techniques". She also mentions; "This artificial membrane platform is a very close mimic of the cell membrane, proteins are functioning well since they feel as in their natural environment". By this work, she showed that the developed platform can be successfully used for drug screening studies, especially for hERG ion channel drugs which are directly related to heart functioning and diseases. This work is published in Analyst in 2013 and was highlighted on that issues cover.
Dr Yildiz is an affiliated faculty member of the Genetics and Bioengineering department at Okan University, Istanbul. She is also the UNESCO-Loreal International Fellowship 2014 winner and currently continuing her research in Stanford University as a UNESCO-Loreal scholar.


Duygu Erdogan

IMG_1063 Duygu Erdogan is a master student at  Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH), Biotechnology Department. She received her BSc degree in Chemistry in 2015 from IZTECH as a honor student.
She focuses on developing a methodology for the diagnosis of cancer at early stage based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) . For this methodology, cancer biomarkers in the blood is  produced as biomimetic and used in cancer cell lines .
Her research interests includes biomimetic cancer biomarkers, gold nanoparticles, surface functionalization and characterization, polymers, SPR and ELISA.

Esra Turker

IMG_1070 1 Esra Türker is currently master student at Izmir Institute of Technology, Biotechnology Department. She received her BSc degree in Chemistry in 2015 from Izmir Institute of Technology. Her graduation project was “Electrospun of Lithium Metal Oxide Nanofibers as Electrode Active Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries” and supported by TÜBİTAK 2209/A –
National/International Research Projects Fellowship Programme for Undergraduate Students in 2014-2015. She is specialized in the field of tissue engineering.  Her research interest revolved applications of electrospinning, artificial tissues, biomimetic systems, biomaterials.

Undergrad Students

Yesim Alduran


Ece Aydin



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