CURRENT

Graduate Students

İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. She was graduated from İstanbul University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (2009-2013) and pursued her Master’s (2013-2014) and PhD Studies (2015-2019) in BARAN Lab. Her PhD thesis was on “Sensitization of Ph+ Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cells Resistant to Imatinib by Targeting Sphingolipid Metabolism” which she conducted partially in Stony Brook University, NY, USA by TUBITAK 2214-A Scholarship (2017-2019). Her research is on involvement of sphingolipid metabolism in drug resistance in leukemia and investigating new targets to overcome resistance. She has experience on different leukemia & resistance models together with various molecular biology techniques. She has more than 15 peer-reviewed articles; 30 abstracts published in national & international meetings and received more than 15 prestigious awards. Contact: yagmurkiraz4@gmail.com

İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.
He was graduated from İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology in 2017 and continued his Master’s in BARAN Lab (2017-2019). His research in BARAN Lab is about the investigation of therapeutic potential of natural products and their possible effects on the bioactive sphingolipid-related molecules and cellular response to agents in drug-sensitive and resistant leukemia cells. His MSc thesis was on “Determination of Therapeutic Potential of Apigenin on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cells”. He has experience on various leukemia, lung and bladder cancer cell lines with several molecular biology techniques. He is currently working on two different projects and he has three submitted articles which will be published soon. He has received 1416 MEB-YLSY scholarship from the Ministry of National Education of Turkey for his further PhD studies. Contact: erezuzuner@gmail.com

İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

She was graduated from İstanbul University, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department and joined BARAN Lab for her Master’s studies in 2017. Her research is focused on determining the therapeutic potential of flavonoids for Ph + acute lymphoblastic leukemia and roles of bioactive sphingolipid genes in this therapeutic potential. Her master thesis is “Determination of Therapeutic Potential of Luteolin for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cells” which was supported by TUBITAK 1002 grant. She spent a summer in Ulm University, Germany as an Erasmus+ Student in 2018. She has articles currently under review and has 2 book chapters and more than 5 abstracts published in national/international conferences.  Recently, she received a scholarship from the Ministry of National Education for her PhD education in the UK. Contact: gurlerbeyza5@gmail.com

İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.
She was graduated from İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology in 2017 and continued her Master’s in BARAN Lab (2017-2019). Her research in BARAN Lab is on the investigation of novel therapeutic approaches for breast cancer and leukemia. Her master thesis was on “Determination of Therapeutic Effects of Multi-functional Micelle-based Nanocarriers on Breast Cancer Cells” which was supported by TUBITAK 1001 grant. She has experience on cell culture models and different molecular biology techniques. She has 5 peer-reviewed articles; 8 abstracts in national & international meetings and received 3 awards/honors. Contact: ulugizemulu@gmail.com

İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

She was graduated from Biology Department in University of Anbar, Iraq and currently pursuing her Master’s degree in BARAN Lab since 2019. Her research in the lab is on the role of microRNAs in mediating imatinib resistance in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She has previous experience in molecular biology lab techniques and certificate in EEG and PFT from SAFA Houston, Texas (USA) in collaboration with Hawler Advanced Center, Iraq. Contact: nusibasalam@gmail.com

Undergraduate Students

She is a senior undergraduate student studying Molecular Biology and Genetics at IZTECH. She has come top in her class and interested in cancer, cancer genetics, bioinformatics and discovering potential treatments of cancer. Her recent research in BARAN Lab involves determination of therapeutic potential of quercetin on Philadelphia-positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Contact: melisa.cetinkaya@yahoo.com

Mustafa has been working in BARAN Lab since he was a first-year student. He actively monitors the possible therapeutic effects of phytochemicals and natural products in cancer treatment and he is conducting a research about anti-oxidant based therapies on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia which is supported by TUBITAK, 2209-A grant. His motto is “Wissen beginnt mit Neugier.”- (“Knowledge begins with curiosity.”) Contact: mustafaozturk202gmail.com  

She is studying Molecular Biology and Genetics at IZTECH and currently a third-year undergraduate student working in BARAN Lab. She wants to study cancer molecular biology and drug resistance in cancer cells. In the laboratory, she tries different types of potential therapeutic drugs on different cancer types and develops her lab skills. Contact: haticedag@std.iyte.edu.tr

She is an undergraduate student in IZTECH, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. She is working on determining therapeutic effects of nilotinib on breast cancer in BARAN Lab since November 2018. Contact: polenyunus@gmail.com

He is an undergraduate student in IZTECH, department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. He is investigating the effects of combination therapy of nilotinib and epicatechin gallate on chronic myeloid leukemia cells. Contact: pazarcevirenms@gmail.com

ALUMNI

2015-2019, PhD Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

2017-2019, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.
He will pursue his PhD in the UK, by YLYS Fellowship.

2017-2019, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.
She will pursue his PhD in the UK, by YLYS Fellowship.

2017-2019, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

2010-2015, PhD Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Working as an Asst. Prof. Dr. in İzmir University of Economics.

2010-2015, PhD Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Working as an Asst. Prof. Dr in Abdullah Gul University.

2013-2015, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

2014-2015, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Working as a Research Assistant in Erzurum Technical University and pursuing her PhD in the same university.

2012-2014, MSc Thesis Co-supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Biotechnology.

2012-2013, Post-Doctoral Fellow. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Working as a researcher in a Biotechnology company in Ankara, Turkey.

2011-2012, Post-Doctoral Fellow. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Working as a Prof. Dr. in Inonu University, Department of Biology.

2011-2013, MSc Thesis Co-supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Biotechnology.

Working as a researcher in a Biotechnology company in Izmir.

2007-2009, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Biotechnology.

Earned her PhD in Geneva University, Medicine Faculty, Cellular physiology and metabolism and currently working in Switzerland in an R&D company.

2008-2010, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Earned her PhD in EPFL, Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, Translational Oncology Laboratory and currently working as an Asst. Prof. Dr in Abdullah Gul University

2008-2010, MSc Thesis Supervisor.

2013-2014, Project Student. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Pursuing her PhD in Freie University Berlin, Germany.

2013-2014, Project Student. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Earned her MSc in Charite Medical University, and her PhD from Universitatsklinikum Freiburg, Germany.

2010-2014, Project Student. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Pursuing her PhD in Abdullah Gul University, Kayseri, Turkey.

2011-2012, Project Student. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Earned her MSc in École Normale Supérieure de Cachan Paris, France, currently pursuing her PhD in Koc University.

2010-2012, Project Student. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Earned her MSc in Gebze Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Currently she works as a Res. Assist. in Acıbadem University.

2008-2010, Project Student. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Earned his PhD in Department of Oncological Sciences, Utah University, USA. Currently working as an instructor in the same university.

2009-2012, MSc Thesis Co-supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry.

Earned his PhD in Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy.

2007-2011, Special Project and MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Continued his PhD in University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Harvard University.

2009-2011, MSc Thesis Co-supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Biotechnology.

Pursuing her PhD in Ege University, Department of Bioengineering.

2008-2010, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Earned her PhD in Medical Faculty of TU Dresden, Medical System Biology Group. Currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in National Center for Tumor Disease, Dresden, Germany

2008-2010, MSc Thesis Supervisor. Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Earned her PhD in University of Freiburg, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Freiburg, Germany and currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in UCSF (University of California, San Francisco).