Lab Members


SK Lab

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.

Post-Doctoral Researchers


Bahar Weber

I graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of Biology and then performed my master at Hacettepe University Institute of Oncology.  To challenge and further expand my scientific skills and personal experience I continued my scientific career in a foreign country. Therefore, I started my PhD study which focused on neuromuscular synapse formation at the research group of Ruth Herbst in the Neuroscience PhD program of Center of Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna. After completing my PhD, I turned back to cancer research and worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the laboratory of Maria Sibilia at the Institute of Cancer Research, Medical University of Vienna. My main project was focused on identifying immunomodulatory role of tumor associated macrophages during hepatocarcinogenesis. At the present, I am working as a postdoctoral researcher at Serkan Kır’s laboratory at Koç University.

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.

Samet Ağca

I have graduated from Koç University Molecular Biology and Genetics and Chemistry in 2020. During my undergraduate studies I worked with Serkan Kır on generation and initial characterization of skeletal muscle specific OSMR knockout mice as an independent study. Now, I am a member of Metabolism and Cancer Laboratory as a PhD candidate.

MSc Students


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


Beril Esin




 Zeynep Nur Eglenen

Lab Alumni


Batu Toledo

I completed my undergraduate education at 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. Then, I completed my master's education at Koç University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. At Metabolism and Cancer Laboratory, I worked on molecular cloning and adenoviral particle production to study cancer-associated muscle atrophy. Now, I am a PhD student at Biotechnology Center of Technical University of Dresden.

İbrahim Oğuz

I completed my undergraduate and master education at Istanbul Technical University. After, I joined Serkan Kır’s Laboratory and worked on the molecular mechanism of muscle loss. Now, I am a PhD student at King`s College London.