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Yasemin Saygıdeğer MD, PhD

Yasemin Saygıdeğer MD., PhD., is an Associate Professor and has been a faculty member of Çukurova University School of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases since 2017. After completing her Medicine and Specialization Education at Trakya University Faculty of Medicine and Ankara Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training & Reseaarch Hospital respectively, she started her Molecular Medicine PhD education at Dokuz Eylül University in 2010 and graduated in 2016. 
She did her postdoctoral research at Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA, with Prof.Dr. Aykut Üren for 3 years, where she increased her knowledge and skills in basic scientific research to study Translational Medicine.
Currently,  as she is their founder, she is working as a Faculty at Çukurova University School of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases; CU Institute of Science, Department of Biotechnology; and CU Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Translational Medicine. She is also the Deputy Director of the Cukurova University Biotechnology Research Center.

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Merve Aksoylu

Graduated from Aksaray University, department  of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. Merve is doing her Master's degree within Saygıdeğer Lab. She is conducting her thesis titled “Investigation of the effect of Slug and TP63 on collective invasion in lung cancer".


M. Yağız Çapanoğlu

Yağız graduated from Üsküdar University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. He is doing his master's degree at the Department of Biotechnology within Saygideger's Lab. His thesis research is focused on the Collective Invasion of lung cancer cells under hypoxic conditions.

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Serkan Sevdi

He is graduated from Chemistry department of  applied sciences faculty of Çukurova University . His master thesis is about developing field usable isothermal PCR kits . Additionally, he is currently working as a sale representative in a company of laboratory products.

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Hamide Aksel

Graduated from Uşak University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Hamide is doing her master's degree within Saygigder Lab. She is interested in nanotechnology-related approaches to cancer treatment.

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Mojahidur Hasan

Is a student in the Master of Translational Medicine Program. He is a medical doctor who earned his MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from Rangpur Medical College in Bangladesh. He is passionate about stem cell research and their use to treat patients. He is currently studying thymoquinone in different diseases.

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Sehreen Tory

Sehreen is a medical doctor with an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree. She graduated from Bangladesh. Sehreen is currently doing her master’s degree in Translational Medicine. She is interested in Stem cell research for the treatment of different diseases. Now she is working with a bioactive compound of Nigella sativa in this lab

Former Members

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Gizem Evin

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Baraa Salkini

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Eylem Nas, MSc

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Melih Gezmen


Syed Hamza Zaffar Bukhari, MSc

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Merve Çam

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Basel Haznavi


Deepika Akkulolu Haviss Kumar, Erasmus


Hüseyin Bilik

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Vafa Sayfullayeva

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Aya Alsayed, Erasmus

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Burak Bereketoğlu, MD

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Sefa Bozdogan


   Aylin Ors, MSc

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Ayşe Büşra Çetinkaya, MD

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Ezgi Derinoz

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Mehmet Özerten, MSc


Mücahit Ekici, MD

Post-doc researcher

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Burcu Saygıdeğer Demir, PhD

Burcu is a Post-doc researcher, her studies focuses mainly on metal based and semi synthetic drug discovery. She uses for this process molecular docking to identify active site for molecular targeting. 

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Hamide Dogan, PhD

Hamide is doing her postdoctoral research within the scope of the Tubitak 2218 project in Saygideger Lab. She completed her PhD in Mersin University Department of Biology.

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Aycan Sezan, MSc

Aycan started her master's degree in the Biotechnology Department of Cukurova University Institute
of Science and Technology. She completed her master's thesis work in the Animal
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Laboratory of the Department of Zootechnics, Faculty of
Agriculture, Cukurova University. Aycan is a PhD candidate in the Biotechnology centre, she is conducting different projects in cancer biology and she is working mainly on organoids models.

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Taoufik Allababidi, MSc

Taoufik is a PhD candidate at the  Çukurova University within the biotechnology centre. In 2021, He joined Saygideger Lab and worked on cancer treatment using platelet cells.
Taoufik has MSc in Biochemistry from Cairo University. He worked on gene cloning and protein expression in bacteria and yeast.
Taoufık was appointed as a lecturer at Aleppo University (2009-2011) within the faculty of genetic engineering.
In 2012, Taoufik worked in the clinical lab as director for six years in Cairo.

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Rihab Ksouri, MSc

Rihab is a PhD candidate who graduated from Ankara University, Biotechnology Institute. She joined Saygideger Lab and currently working on extracellular vesicles and drug delivery for tissue regeneration and cancer treatment. Furthermore, Rihab is working on tissue decellularization and scaffold development for regenerative medicine purposes.

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