Cell scientist to watch – Elif Nur Fırat Karalar

Hücre biyolojisi üzerine çalışmalarını yürüten Koç Üniversitesi Moleküler Biyoloji ve Genetik Bölümü’nden Dr. Öğr.Üyesi Elif Nur Fırat Karalar “Journal of Cell Science” dergisinde yayımlanan ve “Cell Scientist to Watch” makale serisinde yer alan röportajını okumak için tıklayınız.

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Amateur astronomy is on the rise

The Physics Department has organized amateur astronomy workshops during the summer of 2019. Fethi Mübin Ramazanoğlu, Yiğit Uysallı and Ekin Özgönül explained the basics of using a telescope to two separate groups of students over three sessions. They also observed various objects in the sky from planets to galaxies. Contact the Astronomy and Space

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CONGRATULATIONS TO Burak Ozbagci whose paper has been recognized as a top 20 most read paper in Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society

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Two of our faculty members have received 2019 BAGEP Awards given by Science Academy.

Asst. Prof. Ayşe Koca Çaydaşı, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department Asst. Prof. Hasan İnci, Mathematics Department

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Resolution of a conjecture about the convexity of zeta functions

Prof. Emre Alkan settled an important conjecture about the convexity of zeta functions dating from 2005. The proof will be published in the prestigious journal of the subject Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, April 2019 issue.

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Macroecology & Conservation Biogeography of the World’s Bird


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Location: Koç Üniversitesi Time: 14:00

21st Turkish National Optics, Electro-Optics and Photonics Workshop


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Location: Koç Üniversitesi - Sevgi Gönül Kültür Merkezi

College of Sciences Symposium: Honoring the Retirement of Prof. Dr. Mehmet S. Somer


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Location: Koç University - SNA A22 Time: 9:30

Science Colloquium by Prof. Gershon Kurizki


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Location: SNA A52 Time: 14:30


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