I am a postdoctoral researcher working within the Departments of Molecules and Materials and Developmental Bioengineering. Previously, I was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral research fellow at INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials. I am interested in combining supramolecular chemistry, biology and materials science to fabricate 3D biomaterials, that can closely mimic biophysical (architecture, mechanics) and biochemical properties (matrix composition) of native extracellular matrices. Going from mono to multi-component complex materials is an important step to achieve these target biomaterial systems.
I was trained as a Chemical Engineer in Turkey and Denmark, and I completed a MSc. degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente. I received my PhD degree also at the University of Twente, where I worked on cell-instructive 2D dynamic biointerfaces using light-responsive liquid crystal polymer networks and supported lipid bilayers.