Ahu Arslan Yıldız


Lab Websitesi: http://biomimeticslab.iyte.edu.tr
Email: ahuarslan@iyte.edu.tr
Office: Science Faculty Building, Block A, Office No 207
Phone: (232) 750-7384
Courses: BENG589 – Tissue Engineering Techniques
BTEC591 – Diagnostic Tools for Biomedical Applications
CHE222 – Introduction to Biochemistry

Ahu Arslan Yıldız, PhD

Asst. Professor


  • Biomimetic Systems
  • Diagnostic Tools for Biomedical and Biosensing Applications
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Artificial Cell Membrane Technologies


Dr. Arslan Yıldız is currently an assistant professor at Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH), Bioengineering Department. Previously she was an assistant professor at Okan University, Genetics and Bioengineering Department and she was a visiting fellow at the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection, Department of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her BSc degree in Chemistry in 2003 from Hacettepe University and she received her MSc degree in 2006 in Chemistry from Middle East Technical University. She received her Ph.D. in Biology in 2010 from Max-Planck Institute Polymer Research and Johannes Gutenberg University.

Her research has been recognized by international awards including; UNESCO-Loreal International Programme and TR35 – Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2014.


Biomimetics Research Group taking inspirations from nature and using those cues to answer complex biological problems. Biomimetics group imitates nature and transforms the knowledge into new biotechnological products and useful technologies. The ultimate goal of our group is to develop “bio-inspired” technologies and products, which have applications in fields ranging from bioengineering to biomedical systems.

Dr. Arslan Yıldız specialized in the field of artificial cell membrane and membrane receptor research. Her research interests revolved more towards applications of biotechnology, including biomimetic systems, microfluidic diagnostic tools, drug screening, tissue engineering and biopreservation.

Research Areas:

  • Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Technologies

Selected Publications:

Ahu Arslan Yildiz, Rami El Assal, Pu Chen, Sinan Guven, Fatih Inci, Utkan Demirci, “Towards artificial tissue Models: Past, Present and Future of 3D Bioprinting” Biofabrication, DOI: 10.1088/1758-5090/8/1/014103 (2015) 

N. Gozde Durmus, H. Cumhur Tekin, Sinan Guven, Kaushik Sridhar, Ahu Arslan Yildiz, Gizem Calibasi, Ionita Ghiran, Ronald W. Davis, Lars M. Steinmetz, Utkan Demirci, “Magnetic Levitation of Single Cells” PNAS , DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1509250112 (2015)

Ahu Arslan Yildiz, Congbao Kang, Eva-Kathrin Sinner, “Biomimetic Membrane Platform Containing HERG Potassium Channel and Its Application to Drug Screening” Analyst, DOI: 10.1039/C3AN36159D (2013)

Ahu Arslan Yildiz, Umit Hakan Yildiz, Bo Liedberg, Eva-Kathrin Sinner, “Biomimetic Membrane Platform: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications” Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2012.10.066 (2013)