NANOMOTORS AND THEIR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS SEMİNERİ

Tarih: 09.12.2014
Yer: BÜ BME Binası AZ-19 Kandilli

FİLİZ KURALAY, PhD

Nanoscale materials have drawn great attention in recent decades for the development of new technologies. Nanomaterials-based methods have various commercial and technological applications by eliminating the use of laborious, expensive and complex methods. Nanomaterials are widely used in biomedical applications due to their excellent chemical, mechanical, electrical, structural, optical and thermal properties. Furthermore, they constitute an emerging, interdisciplinary field of science for developing new detection methods and scientific investigations of the materials obtained. A nanomotor is a molecular device capable of converting energy into movement and forces. It can typically generate forces on the order of piconewtons. Recent efforts have demonstrated the ability of synthetic nanomotors to convert chemical energy into autonomous motion. These efforts have opened up new opportunities of using nanomotors for diverse and important applications. This talk will be focusing on various nanomotor studies based on sequence-selective DNA hybridization, isolation of sugars and cells with carbohydrate sensitive transporters and controlled drug delivery/release systems.

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Filiz Kuralay received her B.Sc. degree from Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry in 2001. She got her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Analytical Chemistry department of the same university in 2003 and 2009, respectively. She was involved in Prof. Emil Palecek’s research group in 2007 as a visiting scholar at Institute of Biophysics, Academy of the Czech Republic during her doctoral studies for 6 months. After completing 1 year of postdoctoral studies in Prof. Serdar Abaci’s group at Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry, she joined Prof. Joseph Wang’s group at University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) for 3 years. She has been working as an Associate Professor at Ordu University, Department of Chemistry since February 2013. Her research areas are nanotechnology, nano/micromotors, electroanalysis, bioelectrochemistry, biosensors, biofuel cells, controlled drug release and delivery and conducting polymers. She has published 43 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals (including high impact journals such as ACS Nano, Journal of American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, AngewandteChemie International Edition, Small, Chemical Communications, Biosensors and Bioelectronics) and 5 book chapters (Total Citations: 576, h-index:14). She has given over 50 conference presentations and 6 invited talks. She was participated in various projects supported by UC San Diego, UC Los Angeles, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH),Office of Naval Research, ONR - U.S. Navy, Procter & Gamble, U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency-Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (DTRA), COST, European Community FP6 funding, TÜBİTAK and Hacettepe University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit during her doctoral and postdoctoral studies. She was awarded with the prestigious Fevzi Akkaya Research Foundation Award (FABED-2013) and Ordu University Success Award- 2013 for her academic achievements. She is currently a principal investigator of 2 research projects and a researcher of 2 research projects supported by TÜBİTAK and FABED.