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Welcome To Iztech Bioengineering Department

IZTECH Department of Bioengineering aims to train experts for academia and industry in three core areas of bioengineering, which are Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering, Biomedical Technologies and Bioprocess Engineering, conduct high impact and innovative scientific research, pioneer translational research that could be transferred to industry, and provide expertise to public sector in bioengineering field.


First Graduation-Bioengineering department first graduate student.

23 July 2019

Assoc. Dr. Engin Özçivici’s student Öykü Sarıgil defended her thesis defense on Tuesday,…

Current research of Asst. Prof. Dr. Ahu Arslan Yildiz and her group “A new generation microfluidic chip for cancer early detection” was highlighted on news and social media.

23 July 2019

Source: https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/saglik/kanserin-erken-teshisine-katki-saglayacak-cip-gelistirdi/1106667 Current research of Asst. Prof. Dr. Ahu Arslan Yildiz and her…

Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Cumhur Tekin was awarded for a project support.

23 July 2019

Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Cumhur Tekin was awarded for a project support which is…

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Our Instructors

Ahu Arslan Yıldız

Position: Asst. Prof. Dr.
Phone: (232) 750-7384
Email: ahuarslan@iyte.edu.tr
Office: Fen Fakültesi A Blok 207
Lab Website: http://biomimeticslab.iyte.edu.tr
Lab Website: http://biomimeticsgroup.com


-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)

Asst. Prof. Dr.

Ahu Arslan Yıldız

Research-at-a-glance: -Biomimetic Systems -Diagnostic Tools for Biomedical and Biosensing Applications...

Engin Özçivici

Position: Assoc. Prof. Dr.
Phone: (232) 750-7385
Email: enginozcivici@iyte.edu.tr
Office: Fen Fakültesi A Blok 208


-Cancer mechanobiology

-Bone regeneration

-Mechanical signals


Dr. Ozcivici completed his undergraduate degree at Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2002. He received his M.Sc. from Stony Brook University Department of Mechanical Engineering through his work on mechanics of advanced ceramic materials for space applications. Dr. Ozcivici received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Stony Brook University Department of Biomedical Engineering at the laboratory of Professor Stefan Judex working on bone mechanosensitivity. After post-doctoral studies in Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Ozcivici started as a faculty in Department Of Mechanical Engineering in Izmir Institute of Technology in 2010. Dr. Ozcivici is one of the founding members of Department of Bioengineering in Izmir Institute of Technology founded in 2015. In 2016 Dr. Ozcivici was granted associate degree by the Interuniversity Council of Turkey.

Research Interests:

The Ozcivici laboratory is mainly interested in the mechanobiology, how cells, healthy or diseased, tune to external mechanical loads or lack thereof. Current projects focus on the bone marrow stem cells, breast cancer and weightlessness.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr.

Engin Özçivici

Research-at-a-glance: -Cancer mechanobiology -Bone regeneration -Mechanical signals Biography: Dr. Ozcivici...

Erdal Bedir

Position: Prof. Chief Of Department
Phone: (232) 750-7389
Email: erdalbedir@iyte.edu.tr
Office: Fen Fakültesi A Blok 211



-Natural Product Chemistry

-Drug Discovery Studies



The Bedir group aims to obtain secondary metabolites from natural sources (plant or microbial) and to clarify their structures; performing bioactivity scans of the molecules obtained (immunomodulation, cytotoxicity / antitumor and antimicrobial); semi-synthesis and biotransformation studies from bioactive secondary metabolites to establish structure-effect relationships by establishing advanced chemical pools / increasing biological effects / reducing toxic effects / prediction of metabolism products; also working on optimization of large scale production of high value added secondary metabolites.

Prof. Chief Of Department

Erdal Bedir

Research-at-a-glance: -Pharmacy -Natural Product Chemistry -Drug Discovery Studies -Biotransformation Research:...