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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

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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Ahmed Attallah, MSc

Ahmed is a PhD Student at Çukurova University in the Department of Transitional Medicine. He has his MSc in Bioengineering from Bahcesehir University.
He is also an Assistant Teacher at the Biotechnology Centre for Research and  Development at the University of Al
-Nahrain in Iraq. 
He is interested in cell Cultures and Molecular Genetics experiments


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".

Master's Student


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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Meryem Kose

Meryem, graduated from Uşak University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. She is doing her master's degree at the Department of Biotechnology within Saygideger Lab.She is interested in MET,PTEN gene mutations in lung adenocarcinoma.


Özlem Ergün

Özlem is a graduate of Gaziosmanpaşa University in molecular biology and genetics.

She is doing her master's degree in the biotechnology department of Çukurova University with Saygıdeğer laboratory.

She carried out studies on the production of Aspergillus Niger.

She aims to conduct studies using cancer genetics in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.


Burak Büyükyüce

He graduated from Pamukkale University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Burak is doing his master's degree within Saygideğer Lab. He is interested in bioinformatics and data science.

Undergraduate Student

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Mevlüde Hümeyra Bilgin

Is a 6th year medical student at Çukurova University. She is curious about research techniques and various laboratory studies.


Deniz Hergüner 

Is a 3rd year student at Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine

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Ayşegül Sıla Demirci

Is a 3rd year student at Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine

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Alp Çalı

Is 6th-year medical student at Cukurova University. He is focusing on developing his laboratory skills.

Former Members

Sehreen Tory, MD, Msc
Mojahidur Hasan​, MD, Msc
Gizem Evin
Melih Gezemen
Basel Haznavi
Vafa Sayfullayeva
Sefa Bozdogan
Ezgi Derinoz, Msc
Baraa salkini
Syed Hamza Zaffar Bukhari, Msc
Aylin Ors, Msc
Deepika Akkulolu Haviss Kumar
Aya Alsayed
Mehmet Ozerten, Msc
Eylem Nas, Msc
Merve çam
Huseyin Bilik
Burak Bereketoglu, MD
Ayse Busra çetinkaya, MD
Mucahit Ekici, MD


 Yasemin Saygıdeğer MD, PhD

Team Leader

Post-doc researcher

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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