Lab Members



Dr. Serkan Kır received his PhD degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2011. He completed a Post-doctoral fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School with Prof. Bruce Spiegelman and joined Koç University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Dr. Kır’s research interests include adverse effects of tumors on energy metabolism.



PhD Students:

Şevval Nur Bilgiç 

I completed a BSc at Istanbul Technical University in 2018.  I did an internship at Aziz Sancar Institute of Experimental Medicine. My graduation project was the regulatory functions of NLRC4 in eosinophil immune responses. I joined Serkan Kır’s Laboratory as a PhD candidate and currently working on the molecular mechanism of muscle loss.


Aylin Domaniku

I completed my undergraduate studies at Bahçeşehir University, department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. I participated in different TÜBİTAK projects focusing on the cancer-inhibitory role of certain therapeutic agents. I did a two-month Amgen Scholars internship in the field of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. During my internship, I worked mainly in dry lab and performed basic computational analysis using R software program. Currently, I am undergoing my studies as a PhD student at Serkan Kır’s laboratory at Koç University.










MSc Students:

Batu Toledo

I graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. During my undergraduate studies, I joined Prof. Raffi Van Aroian’s Laboratory at University of Massachusetts Medical School as a summer intern and worked on recombinant protein production for vaccines. Now, at Koç University, I am a MSc candidate at Serkan Kır’s Laboratory and I am working on molecular cloning and adenoviral particle production.


Aynur Kashgari

I graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University, NY. I majored in biological sciences pre-medical track with focus on molecular biology. In 2016 I worked as a NIH scholar conducting research in exploring the mechanisms modulating phagocytosis in macrophages from Alzheimer’s disease. Now, at KOC University, I am pursuing my master degree and I will go to medical school after graduation.


Undergraduate Students:

Samet Ağca







 Beril Esin








 Zeynep Nur Eglenen



Former Members:

                       İbrahim Oğuz