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Sabancı University / The Biological Sciences and Bioengineering Program

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Sabanci UniversityThe Biological Sciences and Bioengineering Program at Sabancı University has ten faculty members who conduct research on modern biological problems. We offer a curriculum designed to encompass three areas of biological sciences: plant biology, bioinformatics and molecular and cellular biology. Our laboratories have modern infrastructure and cutting-edge research equipment. We are engaged in research and development projects and collaborate with researchers around the world. 

Research Areas

Molecular and Cellular Biology

There are extensive research on eukaryotic gene expression, with focus on the regulation of NFkB and AP-1 activation and target gene expression by inflammatory cytokines. Stress Induced Signaling is another focus of this area. The research group is working on adaptive responses to oxidative stress in eukaryotic systems and cell death signaling in plant and mammalian cells.

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Plant Molecular Biology and Genetics

Research in plant molecular biology and genetics is attracting increasing attention within the scientific community, because biotechnology research is extensively involved in product development for many agricultural, chemical, and pharmaceutical companies.

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Plant Nutrition and Physiology

The group in Sabanci University is mainly investigating micronutrient deficiencies and heavy metal toxicities in crop plants. Special attention is being paid to biofortification of wheat with micronutrients, especially zinc, selenium and iron.

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Structural and Computational Biology

The researchers are interested in structure-function relations of plants metallothioneins, structural analysis of plants TOLL-interleukin I like resistance genes. Functional analysis of plant G-proteins involved in signal transduction are achieved using modeling and synchrotron X-ray diffraction and scattering methods.

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The researchers are mainly dealing with applications of data mining and machine learning techniques to several problems in Bioinformatics. These applications vary from identification of secondary structures in proteins to fold classification problem, from motif determination to biomedical text mining.


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