Zehra Sayers

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E-Mail
zehrasabanciunivedu
Phone
(216) 483 9509
Personal Web
Title
Director of Foundations Development
Jobs
Instructor
Education
B.Sc. Physics, Bosporous University, 1974; Ph.D. Biophysics, University of London, 1978.
Areas of Interest
Molecular biology and investigation of structure of biological molecules using synchrotron X -ray scattering; investigation of structure-function relationships in fibrous molecules including chromatin, actin etc.; investigation of structures of metal-binding proteins
Memberships
Biophysical Society, American Association for Advancement in Science, Türk Biyofizik Derneği.
Publications
  • Article
    LLwellyn-Smith, Chris and Sayers, Zehra (2015) "SESAME: a bright hope for the Middle East", Cern Courier
    Vestergaard, Bente and Sayers, Zehra (2014) "Investigating increasingly complex macromolecular systems with small-angle X-ray scattering", International Union of Crystallography Journal (IUCrJ), Vol.1, No.6, 523-529
    Tiziana, Centofanti and Sayers, Zehra and Cabello-Conejo, Maria Isabel and Kidd, Petra and Nishizawa, Naoko K. and Kakei, Yusuke and Davis, Allen P. and Sicher, Richard C. and Chaney, Rufus L. (2013) "Xylem exudate composition and root-to-shoot nickel translocation in Alyssum species", Plant and Soil, Vol.373, No.1-2, 59-75 (SCI)
    Sayers, Zehra and Özcan, Zuhal (2013) "Attitudes towards teaching evolution in Turkey", APS News, Vol.22, No.6
    Sayers, Zehra (2013) "Uncharted territory, untapped potential", Science Omega Review Europe, No.issue 1
    Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra (2009) "Heterelogous expression of plant genes", International Journal of Plant Genomics
    Öztürk, Levent and Yazıcı, Mustafa Atilla and Yücel, Cemal and Torun, Ayfer and Çekiç, Cemal and Bağcı, Ahmet and Özkan, Hakan and Braun, Hans-Joachim and Sayers, Zehra and Çakmak, İsmail (2006) "Concentration and localization of zinc during seed development and germination in wheat", Physiologia plantarum, Vol.128, No.1, 144-152 (SCI)
    Sayers, Zehra and Özdaş, Engin and Özbey, Süheyla (2005) "Third SESAME users meeting", Synchrotron Radiation News, Vol.18, No.2, 14-15 (SCI)
    Bilecen, Kıvanç and Öztürk, Ümit Hasan and Duru, Adil Doğanay and Sütlü, Tolga and Petoukhov, Maxim V. and Svergun, Dimitri I. and Koch, Michel H. J. and Sezerman, Uğur and Çakmak, İsmail and Sayers, Zehra (2005) "Triticum durum metallothionein: isolation of the gene and structural characterization of the protein using solution scattering and molecular modeling", The Journal of biological chemistry, Vol.280, No.14, 13701-13711 (SCI)
    Einfeld, D. and Hasnain, S. S. and Sayers, Zehra and Schopper, H. and Winick, H. (2004) "SESAME, a third generation synchrotron light source for the Middle East region", Radiation physics and chemistry, Vol.71, No.3-4, 693-700 (SCI)
    Sayers, Zehra and Brouillon, Patricia and Svergun, Dimitri I. and Zielenkiewicz, Piotr and Koch, Michel H. J. (1999) "Biochemical and structural characterization of recombinant copper-metallothionein from Saccharomyces cerevisiae", European Journal of Biochemistry, Vol.262, No.3, 858-865 (SCI)
  • Book Section / Chapter
    Sayers, Zehra, "3D Macromolecular structure analyses: applications in plant proteins", Brilliant Light in Life and Material Sciences, Berlin: Springer 2007, 135-146
  • Papers in Conference Proceedings
    Karmous, Ines and Çolak, Ersoy and Sayers, Zehra, "The structure of the alpha subunit and its role in G protein signaling in plants", 41st FEBS Congress, Wiley, September 2016, 75-75
    Avşar, Bihter and Karmous, Ines and Çolak, Ersoy and Sayers, Zehra, "A comparative study of gamma subunits of A. thaliana and O. sativa", 60th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical-Society, Elsevier, February 2016, 206A-206A
    Çolak, Ersoy and Karmous, Ines and Avşar, Bihter and Sayers, Zehra, "Heterotrimeric g-protein alpha (alpha) subunit from a. thaliana forms trimeric structures in solution", 60th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical-Society, Elsevier, February 2016, 380A-380A
    Sayers, Zehra and Quarantini, Sandra and Köse, Hazal Büşra and Gür, Burak, "Structural features of the gamma subunit (AGG2) and specificity of A. thaliana heterotrimeric G-protein interactions", Modeling of Biomolecular Systems Interactions, Dynamics, and Allostery: Bridging Experiments and Computations, Rockville, Maryland: Biophysical Society, September 2014
    Quarantini, Sandra and Köse, Hazal Büşra and Kaplan Türköz, Burcu and Aktürk, Anıl and Sayers, Zehra, "Structure-function studies of A. thaliana heterotrimeric G-protein subunits", 23rd Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography, Chester, England: International Union of Crystallography, August 2014, C423-C423
    Quarantini, Sandra and Köse, Hazal Büşra and Sayers, Zehra, "Structural characterization of A. thaliana heterotrimeric g-proteins", 58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical-Society, Cambridge, MA, USA: Elsevier, January 2014, 465A-465A
    Sayers, Zehra and Aydın, Mert and Bal, Erhan and Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Konarev, Petr V. and Petoukhov, Maxim V. and Roessle, Manfred and Kikhney, Alexey G. and Shang, Weifeng and Svergun, Dmitri I., "Comparative characterization of apo-, reconstituted- and in vivo-folded forms of a durum wheat metallothionein", 57th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical-Society, Cambridge, MA, USA: Biophysical Society, January 2013, 396A-396A
    Collak, Filiz and Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Dinler-Doğanay, Gizem and Sayers, Zehra, "Purification and structural analysis of durum wheat metallothionein domains", 25th European Crystallography Meeting (ECM 25), Chester, England: IUCr (International Union of Crystallography), August 2009, 164-164
    Kaplan Türköz, Burcu and Iskit, Sedef and Sayers, Zehra, "Biophysical analyses on plant heterotrimeric g-proteins", 25th European Crystallography Meeting (ECM 25), Chester, England: IUCr (International Union of Crystallography), August 2009, 164-164
    Saygı, Ceren and Akturk, Anil and Aydin, Mert and Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra, "Structural studies on mutant wheat metallothioneins", 25th European Crystallography Meeting (ECM 25), Chester, England: IUCr (International Union of Crystallography), August 2009, 164-165
    Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra, "Use of modified metallothioneins for biosensor application", 25th European Crystallography Meeting (ECM 25), Chester, England: IUCr (International Union of Crystallography), August 2009, 118-119
    Aktürk, Anıl and Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra, "Investigation of structural features of mutant Metallothioneins I: Hingeless T. durum metallothionein (Mutant metallotionin proteininin yapısal özellikleri: köprüsüz T. durum metallotionini)", 14th Biomedical Engineering Conference (BIYOMUT 2009), Izmir, Turkey: Dokuz Eylul University, May 2009
    Saygı, Ceren and Aydın, Mert and Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra, "Investigation of structural features of mutant metallothioneins: modifications in cysteine motifs of T. durum metallothionein (Mutant metallotionin’lerin yapısal özelliklerinin incelenmesi: T. durum metallotionin’in sistin motiflerinin modifikasyonu) ", 14th Biomedical Engineering Conference (BIYOMUT 2009), Izmir, Turkey: Dokuz Eylul University, May 2009
    Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra, "Biophysical characterization of a recombinant metallothionein and its possible use as a biosensor (Rekombinant metallotioninler’in biyofiziksel karakterizasyonu ve biyosensor olarak kullanılabilirliği)", 14th Biomedical Engineering Conference (BIYOMUT 2009), Izmir, Turkey: Dokuz Eylul University, May 2009
    Collak, Filiz and Dinler-Doğanay, Gizem and Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra, "Purification and characterization of recombinant durum metallothionein domain constructs", Biophysical Society Meeting 2008, USA: Biophysical Society, February 2008, 2725-2725
    Dinler-Doğanay, Gizem and Yeşilırmak, Filiz and Yar, Sümeyye and Collak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra, "Plant type 1 metallothioneins: candidates for intrinsically unstructured proteins", Biophysical Society Meeting 2008, USA: Biophysical Society, February 2008, 2748-2748
    Dinler-Doğanay, Gizem and Dede, Filiz and Kısaayak Çollak, Filiz and Sayers, Zehra, "Functional and structural investigations of a metallothionein from durum wheat, dMT", Protein Society 21st Symposium, USA: Protein society, July 2007, 264
    Sayers, Zehra, "Construction of phase one beamlines and developing the science program for SESAME", 5th SESAME Users Meeting, Cairo, Egypt: Egyptian National Committee, December 2006
    Haker, Duygu and Ertuğrul, Fahriye and Çakmak, İsmail and Budak, Hikmet and Sayers, Zehra, "Bugday arpa ve celtikte WRKY gen ailesinin izole edilmesi ve sekanslanması", XIV Ulusal Biotechnology Conference, Eskişehir: Osman Gazi Universitesi, August 2005, 55-59