In 1993, the first ideas about the establishment of the Gebze Institute of Technology (GIT) were discussed, while the foundations of the Biology Department were laid in a small room on the ground floor of the administration building located in the South Campus of Boğaziçi University. In this context, six of our scientists, who are still working as faculty members, were first sent to the USA and England to do their Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Molecular Biology with the government grant. In the following few years, GIT Biology Department, whose first campus was established in Gebze Muallimköy, was starting its education and research activities with its newly formed microbiology-oriented core staff. In the early 2000s, with the return of young faculty members who completed their Ph.D.’s degree to GIT, the Department of Biology, whose research areas were expanding, was renamed Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) in 2010 in accordance with the conjuncture. Thus, it has taken its place among the most respected MBG Departments of the country with a total of 19 researchers working in the fields of Cell Molecular Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, and General Biology. Research projects in many areas such as cancer, genetic and metabolic diseases, microbial genetics, and plant biotechnology are supported by international institutions, TÜBİTAK, and BAP funds. In the Central Research Laboratory (GTU-MAR), which is integrated with the MBG building, support units such as in vivo and confocal imaging, proteomics are ideal for basic science and translational research based on genetic and physiological animal models carried out outside the institution. With the double major program initiated with the Department of Chemistry, it serves the mission of raising people who will more easily adapt to interdisciplinary scientific studies at the undergraduate level. The MBG Department plans to expand these programs further and to implement with the Physics, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering Department double major programs as soon as possible.
A: GIT establishment, 1993 (Boğaziçi University south campus, the first stop of GIT)
B: GTU-MBG current building