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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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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PhD Students


Aycan Sezan, MSc

Graduated from the Animal Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Laboratory, Faculty of
Agriculture in Cukurova University, Aycan is currently doing her PhD within Saygideger's Lab. Aycan is conducting different projects in cancer biology and she is working mainly on organoids models.

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Taoufik Allababidi, MSc


Master's Student

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Rihab Ksouri, MSc

Rihab is a PhD student who graduated from Ankara University, Biotechnology Institute from Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Lab. 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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Syed Hamza Zaffar Bukhari

Hamza got his bachelor's degree from Pakistan, and under a fully funded scholarship from the Turkish Government, he started his master's in Turkey. He did 2 projects during his master's. 1 project in Saygideger lab, which was related to a drug delivery system against lung cancer and the title was “Encapsulation of Cancer drug-L24 with liposomal silver Nanoparticles against lung cancer”. He did another project during his Erasmus internship entitled "Recombinant production of a functional serine proteinase TMPRSS2 as a medical target for the treatment of viral infections”.

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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.


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".

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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

Is a medical doctor with an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree. She graduated from M. A Rahim Medical College in Bangladesh. Sehreen is currently doing her master’s degree in Translational Medicine. She is interested in Stem cell research  for the treatment of different disease

Erasmus Students


Deepika Akkulolu Haviss Kumar

She is currently pursuing Master's degree in Molecular biotechnology at Anhalt university of applied sciences, Germany. She is interested in exploring cellular processes such as tumor signaling and immunological responses. 

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Aya Alsayed

Aya is currently a master's student in the program of Molecular Biotechnology at Anhalt Hochschule, and now she is doing an internship in Saygdieger lab on the project of studying the effect of ezrin on invasion in different Cancer cell lines.

Former Members

Post-doc researcher

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Mehmet Özerten, MSc

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Burak Bereketoğlu, MD

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Eylem Nas, MSc

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Ayşe Büşra Çetinkaya, MD

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Merve Çam


Mücahit Ekici, MD


Hüseyin Bilik

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