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December 2021

November 2021

 

October 2021

  • Our recently accepted paper on polymer-nanoparticle composites in Macromolecules journal is in press here

September 2021

  • Seda Kizilel was invited speaker at @ArkadaşımDiyabetOnlineKamp You can watch the live conversation here

August 2021

  • Nihal’s paper on ‘gene delivery from chitosan nanoparticles, prediction  and modeling of this process using deep artificial neural network model’ has been accepted for publication in Advanced NanoBiomed Research.  Congratulations!

June 2021

  • Rubab’s paper on controlled stiffening chitosan networks has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.  Congratulations!
  • Rubab succesfully defended her thesis! Congratulations Dr. Rubab Batool!

March 2021

  • Our paper about recent advances on neovascularization of engineered tissues has been accepted for publication in APL Bioengineering.
  • Our paper has been selected as Editor’s Pick!

Feb 2021

  • Prof Seda Kızılel was invited to present at the 4th International Conference on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives, Feb 18-19, 2021, Aveiro, Portugal.

Jan 2021

  • Prof Seda Kızılel was invited to present at the Cost Action WG-1 meeting, Gylconanomaterials, Jan 11 (CA18132).

Dec 2020

  • Our review about heterocellular islet organoids in collaboration with Dr Mariana Olveira and Prof Joao Mano (University of Aveiro, Portugal) has been accepted for publication in Biomaterials (IF: 10.317).
  • Prof Seda Kızılel presented at the Cost Action WG2 meeting, Gylconanomaterials, Dec 16, CA18132!
  • Prof Seda Kızılel was invited to present at Gebze Technical University, Institute of Biotechnology, Dec 10, 2021. The abstract of the talk can be found here.

September 2020

  • We are happy to welcome our new group members! İsmail Can Karaoğlu and F. Şevval Murat have started their PhDs.  İsmail and Şevval have received their BS degrees from Chemical Engineering at İstanbul Technical University with highest honors and will do amazing research in our exciting projects!

July 2020

  • Our paper on 3D printing of composite hydrogels in collaboration with Bahçeşehir University, has been accepted for publication in Macromolecular Bioscience.

May 2020

  • A new paper from our group in collaboration with Max Planck Institute  has been accepted for publication in Advanced Science (IF:15.804).

April 2020

  • Ministry of Industry and Technology (Turkey) has accepted to fund our proposal on the preparation of interleukin receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) for the treatment of Covid-19 pneumonia-induced cytokine rain. The project involves collaboration among İstanbul University, Koç University and Sabancı University (SK is the Co-PI with a budget of ~100,000 USD).

March 2020

  • Our undergraduate lab alumni Gözde Demirer will be joining Caltech’s CCE division as an Assistant Professor in Summer 2022! We are proud of Gözde!

Feb 2020

  • Rubab’s paper on reversibly crosslinked alginate hydrogels has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.  Congratulations!

Dec 2019

  • Birgül and Yasemin’s paper about coating of insulin secreting islets within functional microgels is in press.  Congratulations!
  • Dr Seda Kizilel received ‘appreciation of service plaque’ for completion of 10 years of service at Koç University.
  • Our undergraduate lab alumni Gözde Demirer visited us from UC Berkeley :

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Nov 2019

Oct 2019

  • Dr Kizilel was invited to present at CA15216-ENBA Short Term Scientific Mission at University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Nihal successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations and good luck to you at Max Planck in Stuttgart! We will miss you.
  • We enjoyed the wonderful talk by Prof Markita Landry from UC Berkeley on plant gene silencing at Koç University @skizilel @Landry_Lab

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Sep 2019

  • Our undergraduate alumni İpek Simay Gökulu was awarded with Blavatnik Presidential Fellowship at Columbia University. With this fellowship, İpek will be receiving full support from Blavatnik Foundation during her PhD studies at Columbia University. İpek gained hands-on lab experience as a part of her work study in our lab for the last 2.5 years and contributed to a SCI paper we published in RSC Advances journal and a book chapter during 2019. Congratulations! We are proud of you İpek! 

IPEK SIMAY GOKULU

  • Yasemin successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations and good luck to you in all your endeavors! We will miss you.

 

 

Aug 2019

  • Dr Kizilel was invited to present at the Workshop organized by INFLAM-IST Group, Istanbul University Beyazıt Campus.
  • New paper from our group is accepted for publication in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. 

July 2019

  • Dr Seda Kizilel attended GRC Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering in Barcelona, Spain.

June 2019

    • Nihal Olcay Dogan received “Koc University Academic Excellence Award. We are proud of you Nihal, congratulations! Our group members have been receiving this award three years in a row at Koc University.

May 2019

  • Dr Seda Kizilel presented our research at TERMIS-EU meeting in Rhodes, Greece.
  • New papers from our group in collaboration with our Medical School and KUTTAM have been accepted for publication in Materials Today Bio

April 2019

  • A new paper from our group has been accepted for publication in RSC Advances.
  • New papers from our group in collaboration with Boğaziçi University have been accepted for publication. One paper appeared in Polymers for Advanced Technologies and the other one is accepted in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A.
  • Prof. Seda Kizilel was invited to present our research at Arel University, İstanbul, Turkey.

Jan 2019

  • A new paper from our group has been accepted for publication in The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). This paper is featured in Protein-Based Structural Materials issue of the journal and it is here.

Dec 2018

  • Prof. Seda Kizilel was invited to present our research at 23rd Biomedical Science and Technology Symposium, BIOMED2018-TR, Dec 15 2018, Istanbul, Turkey.

Nov 2018

  • Prof Kızılel received the College of Engineering “Outstanding Faculty Award” by Koç University President Umran İnan.

Sep 2018

  • A new paper from our group has been accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and is in press now.
  • Ugur and Birgul successfully defended their thesis. Congratulations to both of you and good luck in your research at Max Planck! We will miss you.

August 2018

  • A new paper from our group in collaboration with Max Planck has been accepted for publication in ACS Nano and is in press now.

 

July 2018

  • Dr. Seda Kizilel presented at Gordon Research Conference as an invited speaker. The conference program can be found here.
June 2018

  • Ugur Bozuyuk received “Koc University Academic Excellence Award. We are proud of you Ugur, congratulations! Our group members have been receiving this award two years in a row at Koc University.
  • A new paper from our group has been accepted for publication in ACS Omega and is in press now.
May 2018

  • Our farewell gathering for Derya. We wish all the best in your new career!
  • Our paper has been accepted for publication in RSC Advances, May 2018!

 

April 2018

  • Prof João Mano was our special invited speaker and delivered a wonderful talk on “Soft polymeric microdevices for the incorporation of cells and therapeutic molecules”.

 

March 2018

  • We have openings for highly motivated PhD and MS students for Fall 2018.The deadline for early applications is April 13, 2018: 

https://gsse.ku.edu.tr/en/admissions/application-deadlines/ 

  • Admitted students will have competitive benefits such as stipend, tuition waiver, accommodation, laptop. Please contact Dr. Seda Kizilel (skizilel@ku.edu.trfor further information.Project titles are listed below:
Project 1 (EU-COST): Bioadhesive Nanoparticles for Gene Therapy in Glioblastoma (GBM)
Project 2 : Novel Nanoengineered Biointerfaces to Overcome Immunological Barriers
Project 3 (EU-COST): Investigation of Angiogenesis in Responsive Gels

 

February 2018

  • Our paper in collaboration with Prof Kazunari Akiyoshi and Prof Yoshihiro Sasaki at Kyoto University has been accepted for publication in Macromolecular Bioscience, Feb 2018!

 

January 2018

  • Dr Seda Kizilel has joined  PLOS ONE Editorial Board   
  • The new year has started with good news. Our proposal has been accepted for funding by TUBITAK!

 

December 2017

  • Our recent paper about the design of gelatin for GBM-mimetic microenvironment,in collaboration with Dr Tugba Bagci-Onder group at Koc University Medical School, has been accepted for publication in Macromolecular Bioscience, Dec 2017!
  • We have openings for highly motivated PhD and MS students for Spring 2018 and Fall 2018. Admitted students will have competitive benefits such as stipend, tuition waiver, accomodation, laptop. Please contact Dr. Seda Kizilel for further information.

 

September 2017

  • We had our farewell dinner for Tugba, Pelin and Dilem. We wish all the best luck in their careers.
  • Pelin Erkoc and Tugba Bal successfully defended their PhD. Dr Erkoc is now a postdoc at Max Planck Intelligent Systems. Congratulations Dr Bal and Dr Erkoc!

 

August 2017

  • Dilem Oran successfully defended her MS. Dilem will be studying at Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin for her PhD. We wish Dilem the best luck in her career.Congratulations!
July 2017

  • Sadi’s paper has been accepted for publication in Talanta. Congratulations!
  • We presented our research at Society of Experimental Biology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 5-7.

 

June 2017

  • Derya Aydin successfully defended her PhD. Congratulations Dr. Derya Aydin!
  • Tugba Bal received “Koc University Academic Excellence PhD Award“. We are proud of you, congratulations Tugba!
  • We were proud at Koc University graduation ceremony:

 

March 2017

January 2017

  • Our collaborative study with Kyoto University has been accepted for publication in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. Congratulations!

 

December 2016

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November 2016

  • Our proposal has been accepted for funding by TUBITAK.
  • We presented our research at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers  Annual Meeting (AIChE) in San Francisco, CA. Two talks were delivered by Pelin Erkoc:
  • 168a Water-in-Water Emulsion Based Synthesis of Hydrogel Nanospheres with Tunable Release Properties

    775b Targeting Cancer Cells Via Tumor-Homing Peptide Creka Conjugated Peg Hydrogel Nanoparticles

 

October 2016

 

September 2016

  • Our paper entitled as “Quinacrine Mediated Sensitization of Glioblastoma (GBM) cells to TRAIL through MMP-sensitive PEG Hydrogel Carriers” has been accepted for publication in Macromolecular Bioscience, September 2016.
  • We welcome our new group members: Birgul Akolpoglu, Ugur Bozuyuk 

 

August 2016

  • Sadi Gurses successfully defended his MS thesis research. Sadi will be studying at the University of California, Davis in Chemical Engineering for his PhD. We wish Sadi the best luck in his career.Congratulations!
  • Our paper entitled as ”Targeting Cancer Cells via Tumor-homing Peptide CREKA Functional PEG Nanoparticles” has been accepted for publication in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, August 2016.

 

July 2016

  • Our proposal for an EU-COST call has been accepted for funding.
  • Our proposal about the design of functional surfaces has been accepted for funding by GENERALI.

 

April 2016

  • Our invited paper entitled as ”Water-in-water Emulsion Based Synthesis of Hydrogel Nanospheres with Tunable Release Kinetics” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (JOMJ), April 2016. The paper will appear in the special issue of “Biomaterials for Healthcare“. Congratulations!

 

March 2016

 

February 2016

  • Seda Kizilel will talk about their journey towards the design of functional bitumen for “Koc University AIChE Student Chapter”, Feb 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm:

 

January 2016

  • More news about us in America’s Scientific American and The Washington Post:

  

December 2015

  • Our research about anti-icing asphalt attracted a lot of attention from national/international media, scientists and government. Here are some of the news about our work:

      

          

  • Our recent article in I&ECR has been selected as the topic of a press release that is included in the American Chemical Society (ACS) Office of Public Affairs’ weekly presspac.
November 2015

  • Our paper entitled as ‘Gelation Stabilized Functional Composite-Modified Bitumen for Anti-icing Purposes’ has been accepted for publication in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Nov 2015. Congratulations!
  • Our lab was well-represented at the Annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. Tugba and Sadi delivered oral presentations. Pelin‘s research was presented in poster session.
  • Seda Kizilel was an expert reviewer at European Commission H2020, Nov 15-20, 2015, Brussels, Belgium.

 

October 2015

  • Our paper entitled as “Photocrosslinking of Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS) Networks formed by Thiol-Ene Reactions and Their Influence on Cell Survival” has been accepted for publication in Biomedical Materials.

 

September 2015

  • We presented our research at 2015 4th TERMIS World Congress, September 8-11, 2015, Boston, MA.
  • Aysu Okur successfully defended her MS thesis research. Aysu will be studying at the University of California, Davis in Material Science and Engineering for her PhD. Congratulations!
  • We welcome our new group members Dilem and Syeda.

 

August 2015

  • Our paper published in 2011 I&ECR was recognized as one of the Top 10 Most-Cited Contemporary Favorites published in I&EC Research. Full list is here.
  • Gunce Cinay successfully defended her MS thesis research. Gunce will be studying at the University of Southern California in Biomedical Engineering for her PhD. We wish Gunce the best luck in her career.Congratulations!
  • Gozde Demirer, undergraduate researcher from our lab, graduated from Chemical and Biological Engineering with highest honors. Gozde will be doing PhD at University of California, Berkeley. We wish her the best luck. Congratulations!
July 2015

 

June 2015

  • Seda Kizilel visited Prof Matt Tirrell’s lab at the Institute of Molecular Engineering(University of Chicago) as Visiting scholar, June-July, 2015, Chicago, IL.
  • Our paper in collaboration with Prof Duygu Avci at Bogazici University has been accepted for publication in Journal of Polymer Science Part A.
May 2015

April 2015

  • Seda Kizilel was invited speaker at Istanbul Uskudar University, April 30, 2015, Istanbul.

 

December 2014

 

November 2014

  • Seda Kizilel was an expert reviewer at European Commission H2020, Nov 24-28, 2014, Brussels, Belgium.
  • We have presented our research at American Institute of Chemical Engineers, (AIChE) Annual Meeting, November 16-21, 2014, Atlanta, GA.

 

October 2014

  • Our research was on the popular science KURIOUS news!
  • We have presented our research at Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting October 23-26 2014, in San Antonio, TX.

 

September 2014

  • Our paper entitled as ‘Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and Ligand Incorporation in Biomimetic PEG Hydrogels Significantly Improve Insulin Secretion from Pancreatic Islets’ has been accepted for publication in Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, September 2014.
  • Our paper entitled as ‘Visible-Light-Induced Synthesis of pH Responsive Hydrogel Composite for Controlled Delivery of an Anticonvulsant Drug Pregabalin’ has been accepted for publication in Acta Biomaterialia, September 2014.
August 2014

  • Ozlem Cevik successfully defended her MS thesis research. Congratulations!
  • Dogan Gidon, undergraduate researcher from our lab, graduated from Chemical and Biological Engineering with highest honors. Dogan will be doing PhD at University of California, Berkeley. We wish Dogan the best luck in his career. Congratulations!
July 2014

  • Our paper entitled as “Targeted Delivery of Doxorubicin into Tumor Cells via MMP-sensitive PEG Hydrogel Coated Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles (MIONPs)”, has been accepted for publication in Colloids and Surfaces B: BiointerfacesJuly 2014.
  • Seda Kizilel was invited speaker at Rush University, July 22, 2014, Chicago, IL.
  • Seda Kizilel visited University of Chicago as ‘Koc University Visiting Scholar’ between June-August 2014.
May 2014

  • Our invited review paper entitled as “Design of Bioartificial Pancreas with Functional Micro/Nano Based Encapsulation of Islets” has been accepted for publication in Current Pharmaceutical BiotechnologyMay 2014.
April 2014

  • We presented our research at Society of Biomaterials 2014 Annual Meeting, April 16-19 2014, Denver, CO.
March 2014

  • Seda Kizilel was invited speaker at Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Conference, March 20-23, 2014, Kocaeli, Turkey.
February 2014

  • Our paper in collaboration with University of Chicago has been accepted for publication in Transplantation Proceedings, February 2014.
January 2014

  • Our paper entitled as ‘Quantification of Interactions Among Circadian Clock Proteins via SPR‘ has been accepted for publication in Journal of Molecular Recognition, January 2014.
  • Our collaborators, Prof Sasaki and Dr Hashimoto, from Kyoto University visited our lab, January 2014.
  • Our paper entitled as ‘Nanoparticle and Gelation Stabilized Functional Composites of an Ionic Salt in a Hydrophobic Polymer Matrix’ has been accepted for publication in PLoS ONE, January 2014.
December 2013

 

November 2013

  • We have presented our work at American Institute of Chemical Engineers, (AIChE) Annual Meeting, San Fransisco, CA November, 2013.

 

October 2013

  • Seda Kizilel was invited speaker at Istanbul University Experimental Medicine Research Institute (Istanbul Universitesi Deneysel Tip Arastirma Enstitusu (DETAE)“, Istanbul, October 23, 2013.

 

September 2013

  • Burcu Kepsutlu successfully defended her MS thesis research. Burcu will continue her PhD at Humboldt University in Berlin. Congratulations!
  • Seda Kizilel presented our research at New Frontiers in Health Sciences Conference“, Kyoto, Japan, September 17-18 2013.

 

August 2013

 

July 2013

  • Our project proposal about the design of a bioartificial pancreas has been accepted for funding by TUBITAK.

 

June 2013

  • We presented our research in TERMIS-EU in Istanbul, Turkey, June 17-20 2013.

 

May 2013

 

April 2013

  • Seda Kizilel was an invited speaker at UNAM, Bilkent University, and Undergraduate Chemistry Club at Bilkent University, April 5 2013.

 

March 2013

  • Our paper entitled as “Characterization of Protein Release through PEG Hydrogels with Crosslink Density Gradients” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, March 2013.

 

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