2022 Ikeda Research Award

The Mathematics Foundation announced that the 2022 Ikeda Research Award has been awarded to Asst. Prof. Asgar Jamneshan from Mathematics Department. We wholeheartedly congratulate his exceptional achievement.

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TÜBİTAK 2566- National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Bilateral Cooperation Program Support

The results of TÜBİTAK 2566- National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Bilateral Cooperation Call of 2022 have been announced. In the scope of the program, the projects of our 2 faculty members (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Önder Metin from the Department of Chemistry and Asst. Prof. Mehmet Cengiz Onbaşlı from the Department of Physics) were grant

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Assoc. Prof. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar received her 2nd ERC!

Assoc. Prof. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics received her 2nd ERC starting grant to study Spatiotemporal regulation of centriolar satellite homeostasis. We wholeheartedly congratulate her exceptional achievement.

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Asst.Prof. Safacan Kölemen has received TÜBA – GEBİP Outstanding Young Scientists Awards.

Asst.Prof. Safacan Kölemen from Chemistry Department has received TÜBA - GEBİP Outstanding Young Scientists Awards. We wholeheartedly congratulate Asst. Prof. Safacan Kölemen!

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Prof. Halil Kavaklı has received TÜSEB Aziz Sancar Science Award in 2022

Prof. Halil Kavaklı, head of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received the prestigious TÜSEB Aziz Sancar Science Award in 2022, for his outstanding research on DNA repair and circadian rhythm. We wholeheartedly congratulate Prof. Dr. Halil Kavaklı!

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Science Club Videos – Department Presentations


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July 2022, Wednesday
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May 2022, Tuesday

Strongly correlated electrons in two-dimensional semiconductors

Ataç Imamoglu is one of the leaders in quantum optics and condensed matter physics.  He got his PhD at Stanford University in 1991 and joined the faculty of UC Santa Barbara in 1993.

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Location: SNAA21 Time: 13:00

Fundamental limits to machine learning with physical systems imposed by quantum theory

Speaker : Hakan E. Türeci, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Princeton University

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Location: SCI 103 Time: 15:00

Understanding Biological Phenomena using Multi-Modal Spatiotemporal Imaging: X-ray, Light, Cryo-EM and ET, and Computation

Speaker : Soichi Wakatsuki, Standford University

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Location: SCI 103 Time: 1 pm

Circular Chemistry: Designing the Circular Economy at Molecular Scale


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Location: Koç University/ SNA A22 Time: 16:00


The only thing I was sure of when I graduated from high school was that I wanted to study molecular biology and genetics in order to satisfy my passion about understanding the universe. My family wanted me to become a doctor. I , in a way, fulfilled both their dream and mine by studying at Koç University.

I could not have found answers to the “Why?” questions I had, if I had not studied MBGE. KU not only equips us academicaly but it also provides tons of extracurricular opportunities. I discovered my interest in nature sports at KU. We climbed the peaks of Ilgaz and Ağrı Mountains with the KU supported Mountaineering Club. KU will continue to provide great opportunities for academic and social advancement for the prospective students just like it did with me.

Derya Kabacaoğlu
Moleküler Biyoloji ve Genetik Mezunu, 2008

I chose to study physics in Koç University not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, but rather knowing what I did not want to do. However, this preference has opened the doors of another world to me.

First of all, thanks to the core liberal arts program at the university, I had the chance to enjoy the history and sociology classes, which I always had an interest in. In addition, I had the unique opportunity to start working on a project on modeling high power lasers in my freshmen year. This opportunity helped improve my research capabilities at an early stage. After my sophomore year, I started focusing more on my major which mostly involved physics and mathematics. I always had a fascination with being able to model nature through mathematics and my interest has moved me toward natural sciences.

Thanks to the high quality education and contribution of my physics professors, I was accepted to the Ph.D program in Geophysics at Caltech, one of the best research schools in United States and the world. I studied earthquake physics at Caltech and worked as a researcher after finishing my Ph.D at this institute. Afterwards, I moved to France and worked in Université Grenoble Alpes as a CNRS (National Scientific Research Center) postdoctoral scholar. Since then, I have been working as an Asst. Professor in Bogazici University, Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute studying and teaching earthquake physics.

I believe that the high level of education and early research opportunities in Koç University’s Department of Physics has provided me significant advantages in my later career both in terms of analytical thinking and in terms of modelling experience. I strongly recommend students to consider becoming part of this prestigious university and department.

Özgün Konca
Fizik Bölümü Mezunu, 2000

After I realised that I wanted to become a scientist, I chose KU for higher education primarily because of its emphasis on experimental studies and the opportunities provided to the students. Even the undergaraduate students have the chance to work in laboratories and get involved in research projescts. This is something that really motivates potential young scientists . The core program at KU is not about your major only; it also offers opportunities to acquire knowledge in other fields which may be quite different from your primary major and you may be able to link different scpecialties with each other. My education at KU helped me to get into a PhD program at one of top 3 universities in the field of photonics . I was not only a phiscis major student at KU but also the edıtor and the author of the Literature Journal. I started a band with friends and performed on stage numerous times; we also founded the Astronomy and Space Club with schoolmates. KU will give you the opportunity of finding out your hobbies and interests while getting your academic education .

Sarper Özharar
Fizik Bölümü Mezunu, 2002

I still do have great feelings about my days spent during University years. Until one reaches old enough to attend a University, he/she is surrounded with a limited world view given by the people at hand. But Koc University has helped me to follow an independent future with a light of self-confidence. As a result I was feeling myself as a world citizen when I graduated. Koc University has proven me that attending a college does not mean only to attend a set of courses, it is way beyond that.

Selçuk Artut
Matematik Bölümü Mezunu, 1998