Dr. Stuart J. LUCAS – “Molecular problem-solving: Nanobiotechnology at SUNUM” Semineri

Sabancı Üniversitesi Nanoteknoloji Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezinde (SUNUM) Araştırmacı olarak bulunan Dr. Stuart J. LUCAS, SUNUM’da nanobiyoteknoloji üzerine yürütülmekte olan araştırmalar ve nanoteknoloji konusunda seminer verdi (7 Aralık 2017).

Molecular problem-solving: Nanobiotechnology at SUNUM

Nanotechnology – the engineering of materials and devices at the 1-100 nm scale – is a rapidly growing area of research with applications in fields ranging from industrial production to medicine.  Living cells are natural nano-factories, and so provide valuable insights into the possibilities and practicalities of engineering at this scale, as well as being one of the main environments in which we want to apply nanotechnology. This presentation will provide an introduction to current research being carried out at Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research & Application Center (SUNUM) at the interface of biology and nanotechnology.  As well as describing the technologies being used, applications in the fields of medicine and food production will be presented.  


Dr. Stuart J. Lucas is a Researcher at Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM), Istanbul.  Originally from the UK, he studied Biochemistry at Oxford University before completing his Ph.D researching multi-gene families in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.  After carrying out further research into immunomodulatory proteins in poxviruses, he moved to Sabanci University in Istanbul.  For the last 8 years he has been working on the genomic analysis of crop plants.  In the framework of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, he used high-throughput sequencing and microarray analysis to construct whole-chromosome shotgun sequences and physical maps for 2 bread wheat chromosomes.  More recently, he has started a new research programme studying the genomic structure and diversity of European hazel (Corylus avellana), which is Turkey’s single most valuable agricultural export.  The ultimate goal of this programme is to ensure the future sustainability of Turkish hazel production, in the face of the challenges presented by disease and climate change.