Sabancı Üniversitesi, Biyoloji Bilimleri ve Biyomühendislik programında modern biyoloji problemleri üzerinde, bitki biyolojisi, biyoinformatik ve moleküler ve hücre biyolojisi alanlarını kapsayan geniş bir müfredat çerçevesinde çalışılmaktadır. Modern bir alt yapıya sahip laboratuvarlarımızda, araştırma ve geliştirme projelerimiz, yurt içi ve yurt dışından diğer biyoloji programları ile ortak olarak yürütülmektedir.
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Mammals, including humans, are equipped with various defense mechanisms both at the organismal and cellular levels. Cells defend themselves against stressful conditions by activating various intracellular molecular responses. We study immune defense mechanisms, adaptive responses to oxidative stress in eukaryotic systems and cell death signaling in plant and mammalian cells. Stress induced signaling and eukaryotic gene expression is another focus of the research in this area.
Plant Molecular Biology and Genetics
Research in plant molecular biology and genetics is attracting increasing attention within the scientific community, because biotechnology research is extensively involved in product development for many agricultural, chemical, and pharmaceutical companies.
Plant Nutrition and Physiology
The group in Sabanci University is mainly investigating micronutrient deficiencies and heavy metal toxicities in crop plants. Special attention is being paid to biofortification of wheat with micronutrients, especially zinc, selenium and iron.
Structural and Computational Biology
The researchers are interested in structure-function relations of plants metallothioneins, structural analysis of plants TOLL-interleukin I like resistance genes. Functional analysis of plant G-proteins involved in signal transduction are achieved using modeling and synchrotron X-ray diffraction and scattering methods.
The researchers are mainly dealing with applications of data mining and machine learning techniques to several problems in Bioinformatics. These applications vary from identification of secondary structures in proteins to fold classification problem, from motif determination to biomedical text mining.