Time: 14:30
Location: SCI 103

Speaker          :
Açelya Yılmazer, Biomedical Engineering Department, Ankara University

Title                : Applications of graphene based materials in biomedical research 

Date                : April 2, 2020, Thursday
Time               : 14:30  
Cookie & Tea: 14:15 SCI 103
Place               : SCI 103 

Abstract         :  

Graphene, is a two-dimensional, carbon-based material with extraordinary physical properties including electrical conductivity, thermal stability, mechanical strength. Different forms of graphene can be easily processed and functionalized depending on the desired application. These functionalized forms can have different interactions with biological structures. Graphene based materials (GBMs) have different applications in the biomedical field, including cancer therapy and regenerative medicine. Here, we discuss how GBMs interact with different cell types which could potentially affect their toxicities. Different examples will be given to show their potential in biomedical research. GBMs have shown great potential for biomedical research. For the translation of these naomaterials into clinical application, the assess­ment of their long-term toxicity is required to fully characterize their safety profile. More importantly, biomedical scientists should not consider GBM as a single material but as a complex class of materials, taking into account the role of their different physicochemical properties while assessing the biological effects.


Short Bio:

Dr. Yilmazer is working in the Biomedical Engineering Department of Ankara University as an Associate Professor. 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. In 2018, she has been selected as a Young Investigator by the Turkish Academy of Sciences and in 2019 she has been awarded Scientific Encouragement Award by the Ankara University.