Principal Investigator

Candan Candan Tamerler, PhD

Dr. Tamerler joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Kansas in 2013. Previously, she held positions at the University of Washington (UW) as a Research Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and also as the Assistant director of the Genetically-Engineered Materials Science & Engineering Center, a NSF MRSEC facility. Preceding her positions at UW, Dr. Tamerler was a Full Professor at Instanbul Technical University (ITU) and served as the Chair of their Molecular Biology and Genetics Department from 2002 through 2010 (while concurrently holding a Visiting Professor position at UW). During her time at ITU, Professor Tamerler founded and was the Director of the Molecular Biology-Biotechnology & Genetics Research Center (ITU MOBGAM), a multi-disciplinary initiative involving faculty members from the College of Engineering as well as the College of Arts and Science. She played an integral role in raising funds for the construction of the 40,000 sq. ft. MOBGAM building as well as the innovative research conducted within the Center.

Dr. Tamerler's current research interests are in molecular biomimetics, bio-nanotechnology, and bio-enabled materials science. She has published over 90 refereed journal articles, 30 conference proceedings, 5 book chapters, as well as multiple patents. She has organized several symposia and internationally accredited conferences, including those sponsored by the American Chemical Society, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and the Materials Research Society. Dr. Tamerler has been awarded visiting scientist and professorship positions at the University of Westminster and the University of Nagoya, respectively, and is a Principal Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. In 2016, Dr. Tamerler was inducted to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Sheng-Xue Sheng-Xue Xie, PhD, Research Associate

University of Kansas

Graduate Students

Kyle Kyle Boone, PhD Student

University of Kansas
Sarah Sarah Kay VanOosten, PhD Student

University of Kansas
Cate Cate Wisdom, PhD Student

University of Kansas

Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellow, 2012-2016
No Photo Rachel Lietz, MS/PhD Student

University of Kansas

NIGMS Biotechnology Training Grant Trainee, 2017
No Photo Jack Rogers, PhD Student

University of Kansas
No Photo Brian Wentz, PhD Student

University of Kansas
No Photo Sharad Richardet, MS Student

University of Kansas
No Photo Deniz Yucesoy, Senior PhD Student

University of Washington

Undergraduate Group Members

Matt Matthew Kavanaugh, Undergraduate Researcher

University of Kansas

Chemical Engineering Major
Sarah Freeburne, Undergraduate Researcher

University of Kansas

Varun Varun Abraham, Undergraduate Researcher

University of Kansas

Mechanical Engineering Major

Visiting Scholars

Hakan Philip M. Elrod, 2018

Hakan Professor Hakan Bermek, PhD, 2016

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Istanbul Technical University
Professor Erhan Piskin, PhD, 2015

Department of Chemical Engineering

Hacettepe University
Farzaneh Farzaneh Moghtader, 2015

PhD Student at Hacettepe University
Associate Professor Lale Aktas, PhD, 2015

Department of Biology, Department of Botany

Ege University
Professor Turkan Haliloglu, PhD, 2015

Department of Chemical Engineering

Bogazici University
Esra Esra Yuca, PhD, 2014

Department of Molecular Biology

Yildiz Technical University