Açelya Yilmazer Aktuna (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Yilmazer has joined the Biomedical Engineering Department of Ankara University as an Assistant Professor in 2015. She is also the vice director of the Stem Cell Institute of the same university since 2016. In 2008, she completed her MSc degree in Cancer Immunotherapy at the University of Nottingham (UK) and, in 2012, she obtained her PhD in the Nanomedicine Lab based in the School of Pharmacy, University College London (Prof. K. Kostarelos). During her PhD, she focused on artificial envelopment of adenoviral vectors and how this technology affects the in vitro and in vivo behaviour of viral particles. She also had opportunity to work with a variety of delivery vectors including carbon nanomaterials. She continued her postdoctoral study in the same lab and for the first time in literature, she showed that direct in vivo reprogramming towards pluripotency in mouse liver tissue is possible via non-viral overexpression of defined factors. This provided a proof-of-evidence of in vivo reprogramming of adult somatic cells towards a pluripotent state with high efficiency and fast kinetics. In July 2013, she moved back to Turkey where she established her own research group in Ankara University.  She has been selected as the Best Young Investigator in Turkey by the Turkish Society of Medical Biology and Genetics in 2013.


Hadiseh Taheri (PhD Student)

Hadiseh obtained her BSc Degree in Fishery (Natural Resources Engineering),  at the Persian Gulf University, Bushehr, Iran. After graduating, started MSc Degree in Natural Resources Engineering-Reproductıon and Development of Aquatic, in Islamic Azad University, Babol, Mazandaran, Iran. She obtained her Masters degree in January 2012. After realizing her interest in regenerative medicine, she started her PhD study in the Biotechnology Institute of Ankara University in 2013. Her Ph.D. project is on cellular reprogramming as a new cancer treatment technology.


Necati Kaan Kutlu (MSc Student)

Kaan obtained his BSc degree in Biology from the Hacettepe University in 2014. In his last two years of his undergraduate life, he focused on gene expression profiles of cancer cells. In September 2014, he started his MSc education at the Biotechnology Institute of Ankara University. During his MSc project, he will investigate the role of miRNAs in cancer cell reprogramming.


Cansu Gürcan (MSc Student) 

Cansu was graduated from the Biology Department of Ankara University. Since 2015, she has been working as a postgraduate student in the lab. In her thesis, she has been investigating the anti-cancer effect of graphene oxide. 

Tuğçe Aydın (MSc Student)

Tuğçe obtained her BSc degree in Biology Education from the Hacettepe University in 2017. After graduation, she joined the lab in 2017 and currently working on the use of graphene based materials for neural tissue regeneration.