Synthetic Genetic Circuits for Self-Actuated Cellular Devices

Seminars in Biotechnology BTEC 591 & BTEC 691

“Synthetic Genetic Circuits for Self-Actuated Cellular Devices”

Thursday, November 15, 2018


MBG Conference Hall


Assist. Prof. Dr. Urartu Özgür Şafak Şeker

Bilkent University UNAM-Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Life Sciences Section


Dr. Şeker received his PhD from Istanbul Technical University, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department in 2009. He was a visiting graduate student in University of Washington Genetically Engineered Materials Science and Engineering Center starting from 2004 till 2008. After his first postdoctoral training in Singapore Nanyang Technical University Applied Physics Department (2010-2011), he joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biological Engineering Department and Synthetic Biology Center as a research associate. Dr. Seker is an Assistant Professor at Bilkent University UNAM since 2014. Dr. Seker’s main research interest is synthetic biology, and living biomaterial systems.

Dr. Şeker is recipient of : TÜSEB (Health Institutes of Turkey) Aziz Sancar Incentive Award (2018), TÜBA-GEBİP Outstanding Young Investigator (2014), Bilim Akademisi (Science Academy) Young Investigator Award (2016) and FABED Fund Young Investigator Award (2015).


Synthetic genetic circuits can be used to program innovative cellular functionalities. Recent advances in synthetic biology allows us to develop genetic logic gate based operations, state machines for protein delivery, biosensing and theranostics. In this talk  I will talk about our recent findings on developing self-actuated cellular systems for genetic logic gate based protein delivery, and biomaterial assembly. Additionally, I will mention about recent results of cellular biosensors for biomedical applications.



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