Post Doctorate Members



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Işıl GERÇEK BEŞKARDEŞ
Asst. Prof. Dr.

Dr. Işıl Gerçek Beşkardeş is an assistant professor at the Hacettepe University, Ankara in the Department of Chemical Engineering as well as in the Division of Bioengineering. She graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Chemical Engineering in 2006. She has MSc (2008) and PhD (2014) degrees from the same department. She has been working in Cell and Tissue Engineering Research group since 2005. She worked as a visiting scholar in Tufts University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2013. She is a member of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Society. Her publication topics include polymeric biomaterials, bone tissue engineering and bioreactors. She has teaching experience in polymer science, wastewater engineering, chemical process industries and tissue engineering bioreactors.










Anıl Sera Çakmak is an instructor in Chemical Engineering Department at Hacettepe University. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology at Hacettepe University in 2005. She continued to obtain her master’s and doctoral degrees in bioengineering at the same university under the supervision of Prof. Menemşe Gümüşderelioğlu. She worked on the biochemicals and biophysicals stimulants for cell differentiation during her doctoral thesis. She completed some of her doctoral researches at Tufts University with TÜBITAK scholarship. She is an expert in animal cell culture tecniques and she conducts studies mainly focused on bone tissue engineering, wound healing and photostimulation. Moreover, she is working on molecular biology approaches such as siRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 in tissue engineering studies.








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Soner ÇAKMAK
Asst. Prof. Dr.

Soner Çakmak is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Division at Hacettepe University. Dr. Çakmak received a chemical engineering Bachelor’s degree and a nanotechnology and nanomedicine PhD degree both from Hacettepe University under the supervision of Prof. Menemşe Gümüşderelioğlu. During his PhD studies, he was a visiting scholar at Tufts University in the laboratory of Prof. David L. Kaplan where he worked on silk and peptide amphiphile based osteochondral scaffolds. After obtaining his PhD, he made a collaboration visit to Prof. Sandra Hofmann Boss’ labs at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is interested in design and fabrication of polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering applications where his main focus relies on bone, cartilage and osteochondral tissues. He gains expertise on scaffold fabrication technologies, electrospinning and bioprinting in particular, and more recently, he is working on the automatic segmentation of medical images with artificial intelligence and the use of obtained images in bioprinting processes.




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Damla ÇETİN ALTINDAL
Asst. Prof. Dr.

Dr. Damla Çetin Altındal received her BS (2008), MS (2010) and PhD (2017) degrees from Hacettepe University, Department of Chemical Engineering. She studied as a visiting scholar at Tufts University, Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2016. She has been working in Cell and Tissue Engineering Research Group since 2008. Now, she works as Assistant Professor at Hacettepe University, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Bioengineering Division. Her research areas mainly focus on polymeric biomaterials, controlled release, micro/nanoparticles and bone tissue engineering. She has teaching experience in controlled release and targeting techniques, transport processes in biological systems and engineering thermodynamics.








Dr. Ulku Bozoğlu is a research assistant in the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department at Necmettin Erbakan University. She completed her bachelor's degree (2009) and master's degree (2012) in Biology. She received her doctoral degree from Hacettepe University, in the Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine Division under the supervision of Prof. Menemşe Gümüşderelioğlu. Since 2015 she has been a member of the Cell and Tissue Engineering Research Group. She gained a scholarship from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) during her MSc (2010-2011) and Ph.D. (2012-2017). Her research interests focus on cell sheet engineering, dental implants, periodontal tissue engineering, and electrospinning.










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