SEDA KIZILEL, PhD, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Koç University, College of Engineering,
Rumeli Feneri Yolu, Sariyer, 34450, Istanbul, Turkey
Office: Engineering Building, 165

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Prof. Dr. Seda Kızılel received her B.S. and MSc. degrees from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul. She completed her PhD at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology in 2004 and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago between 2004-2007. Dr. Kızılel joined as a faculty of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Koç University, İstanbul in 2008. Prof. Kızılel’s research focuses on the unique design of responsive hydrogel particles to address the lack of secretion of a protein/hormone such as insulin, utilization of these particles to protect cells from immune attack, induces secretion of signaling chemokines from cells to recruit Tregs for long-term functional grafts. Prof. Kızılel has supervised over 22 MS and 15 PhD students and postdocs, and attracted a total grant budget of ~4 million Euros since 2008, carried out 23 projects, which received funding from Turkish Scientific & Research Council (TÜBİTAK), European Commission and industrial companies. Some of the awards Dr Kızılel received include; Best Entrepreneur Award in the Nationwide TEKNOFEST Competition in 2023, Outstanding Patent Application Award at Koç University in 2023, Outstanding Faculty Award at Koç University in 2018, Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA, PI) Supported L’ORÉAL Young Women in Science Award in 2009, European Commission Marie Curie Fellowship FP7-PEOPLE-IRG (Reintegration Grant) (2008), Charles Huggins Annual Research Conference, Best Laboratory Research Award at the University of Chicago in 2006.

Scopus Author ID: 9734896800

ORCID 0000-0001-9092-2698


We have an opening for a postdoctoral position. Please contact

Dr. Seda Kizilel  for further information.

We always have openings for highly motivated graduate students. Admitted students will have competitive benefits such as stipend, tuition waiver, accommodation, laptop. Please contact Dr. Seda Kizilel for further information and apply through GSSE here.

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