The Genetics and Bioengineering (GBE) program was established in 2018 and will start teaching in 2018-2019 academic year by admitting 80 students, 20 of which is international students. The medium of instruction is %100 English in our department.
The mission of the Department of Genetics and Bioengineering is to create a fusion of engineering and the life sciences that promotes scientific discovery and the invention of new technologies and therapies through research and education.
We are committed to excellence in research, education and service in all aspects of our community and aspire to be the nation’s leading department of Genetics and Bioengineering.
Faculty Members of the Department of Genetics and Bioengineering
The GBE Program at ALKU has currently three faculty members who conduct cutting-edge research using molecular, cellular, and computational approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying health and disease.
Assistant Professor Asli Giray
Assistant Professor Asli Giray graduated from the Department of Biology at Inonu University in 2001. She received her MSc from Educational Sciences and from the Department of Botanical at Inonu University in 2003 and 2007, respectively. She received PhD degree from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2012 at Inonu University. In 2012, she successfully completed her doctoral dissertation titled "Secondary Metabolite Flow Distribution in Vitreoscilla Hemoglobin Exposing Recombinant Erwinia Herbicola". In 2012-2013, she worked in post-doctorate at Inonu University Faculty of Medicine Department of Molecular Microbiology. In 2014, she worked in the Faculty of Medicine, Medical Biology and Genetics Department, Tissue Type Laboratory. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Sabanci University between 2014-2016. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher Department of Medical Genetics in Baskent University between 2016-2017. She worked as a researcher on several projects (14 projects) (TUBITAK, BAP). She has also taken part in social projects as well as national and international academic activities. She also worked as the Coordinator at Inonu Children's University between 2012-2016. She works in cancer biology and molecular biology and genetics.
Assistant Professor Ayse Erdogan
Assistant Professor Ayse Erdogan graduated from Halic University in 2007 with scholarship as part of the second degree in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. In 2010, she received her MSc in the Department of Molecular Biology at Science Institute of Akdeniz University. In 2016 she successfully completed her doctoral thesis titled "Investigation of the Cytotoxic and Apoptotic Effects of Cetuximab alone and with Epirubicin on Parental and Epirubicin Resistant Liver Cancer Cells". She worked as a research assistant at Akdeniz University between 2009-2016. She studies in the field of molecular cancer biology, antioxidant mechanisms and molecular cell biology. She has worked as a researcher on various projects. She won TUBITAK-BİDEB PhD Scholarship Program (2211A) and TÜBİTAK-BİDEB Master Scholarship Program (2210) between the years 2007 and 2015. She has 12 articles published in international journals, 2 articles published in national journals and there are numerous reports that she presented at international conferences.
Assistant Professor Muhammet Ay
Assistant Professor Muhammet Ay received his BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Istanbul University in 2007 and his MSc and PhD in Genetics from Iowa State University in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Between 2016 and 2017, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Iowa State University. He won several prestigious awards, including Research Excellence Award from Iowa State University and Drug Discovery Toxicology Emil A. Pfitzer Student Award from the Society of Toxicology. Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Bioengineering at Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University. The overall goal of his research is to develop neuroprotective strategies for Parkinson’s disease by screening small natural molecules that improve mitochondrial function. Dr. Ay has published 2 book chapters and 5 research papers in reputed international journals.
What is Genetics and Bioengineering?
Genetics and Bioengineering, one of the youngest engineering disciplines, employs engineering principles to solve challenging problems in medicine and biology. The Genetics and Bioengineering (GBE) Program at Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University (ALKU) was established in 2018. The Genetics dimension of the program combines molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry to understand life at the molecular level and aims to explain how molecular function produces the hierarchy of living cells, tissues and ultimately whole organisms The Bioengineering dimension of the program is based on an understanding of engineering concepts and tools.
The four-year GBE curriculum prepares students for careers in domestic and abroad academia, government agencies, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and agriculture and food industry. The GBE program aims to raise Gene Engineers who have strong professional knowledge and skills and who are respectful and sensitive to ethical and social issues at local and global level.