Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975 – 1980
    B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 1982 – 1983
    M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University

  • 1983 – 1986
    Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul

  • 1984 – 1986
    Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Istanbul Technical University

  • 1986 – 1987
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University

  • 1987
    UNESCO Fellow, Institute of Polymer Science, University of Akron, Akron, OH

  • 1987 – 1988
    Postdoc studies, Polymer Science, University of Akron, Institute of Polymer Science, Prof. W. L. Mattice lab

  • 1987 – 1993
    Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University

  • 1988 – 1991
    Visiting Associate, Institute of Polymer Science, University of Akron

  • 1989 – 1998
    Visiting Scientist, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Laboratoire de Physicochimie Structurale et Macromoléculaire (PCSM), Paris, France

  • 1992
    Fogarty Fellow, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Laboratory of Experimental & Comp Biology, Division of Basic Sciences, Bethesda, MD

  • 1992 – 2000
    Director, Polymer Research Center, Bogazici University

  • 1993 – 2000
    Visiting Scientist, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Laboratory of Experimental & Comp Biology, Division of Basic Sciences, Bethesda, MD

  • 1993 – 2001
    Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University

  • 1998 – 2001
    Director, TUBITAK (Turkish National Science & Technology Foundation) Advanced Polymeric Materials Res Unit, Bogazici University

  • 2001 – 2004
    Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

  • 2001 – 2004
    Founding Director, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

  • 2005 – 2009
    Founding Director, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh, Joint PhD Program in Computational Biology, (Founding Director at CMU: R.F. Murphy)

  • 2005 – 2010
    Professor, John K. Vries Chair and Founding Chair, Dept of Computational Biology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Since 2010
    Professor, John K. Vries Chair and Founding Chair, Dept of Computational & Systems Biology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Selected publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

NIH review panels:

  • NIH Study Section Member, Special Emphasis Panel for Director's New Innovator Award (DP2) Program (Phase I, Mail Review), 2013

  • NIH Mail Reviewer, K99 Pathway to Independence Program, 2012

  • NIH Study Section Member, EUREKA Proposals, NIH, 2011

  • NIH Study Section Chair, IMST on Computational Biology, Image Processing, and Data Mining, 2010

  • NIH Study Section Member, National Technology Centers for Networks & Pathways (TCNP), 2009

  • NIH Study Section Chair, Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems (MABS), 2007 – 2008

  • NIH Study Section Member, MABS, 2004 – 2007

  • NIH-NIGMS Special Emphasis Study Section, Ad Hoc Member, 2003

Scientific Journals Editorial Boards:

  • Editorial Board, Biophysical Journal, 2004 – 2007

  • Editorial Board, Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics, since 2008

  • Editorial Board, Protein Science, since 2011

External Advisory/Executive Boards and Scientific Committees:

  • Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Research Grant Review Committee Member. January 2013 Research Grant Review Committee meeting in Strasbourg, France.

  • Program Committee and Symposium or Session Chair: ISMB/ECCB 2005, 2007 and 2008 (15th Annual International Conf on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) & 6th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB), Vienna; and ISMB2008, Toronto); Computational Structural Bioinformatics Workshop in IEEE BIBM 2009 (Washington DC.)

  • External Advisory Board or Review Committee: National Center for Macromolecular Imaging (Director: W. Chiu) Baylor College of Medicine (2004)

  • External Advisory Board: Beckman Institute, M & ENS (Mol and Electronic Nanostructures) Division, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2004; March 2008; April 2009); Executive Board – Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium (Chair: D. States, U of Michigan) (2004); University of Kansas, Center for Bioinformatics, 2008

  • Scientific Grant and Fellowships Reviews. NSF grants (CAREER and others for the Division of Molecular and Celllular Biosciences and for the Division of Material Sciences); DoD Army Research Grants; EMBO Research Grant, memberships and fellowships; TWAS Fellowships; NATO projects; Israel National Foundation (ISF), European Research Council (ERC), and Science Foundation of Ireland research grant proposals; NIH grant proposals (see above).

Scientific papers reviews:

  • for Science, Nature, Cell, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Proteins: Structure, Function & Bioinformatics, Physical Review Letters, Biophysical Journal, Bioinformatics, J. Chemical Physics, European Polymer J, Macromolecules, Biophys. Biochim. Acta, Comput & Theor Polymer Science, Structure, Biochemistry, Protein Science, Phys Rev E, J Mol. Biology, BMC Bioinformatics, PLoS Computational Biology, and Molecular Systems Biology.

Memberships in Professional and Scientific Societies:

  • Biophysical Society (*), since 2001

  • Protein Society, since 1999

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), since 1995

  • American Chemical Society (ACS): 1987 – 1997, since 2002

  • International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), since 2001

  • Turkish-American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA), since 2005

  • (*) currently serving as Elected Member of the Nomination Committee (since 2012), and the Publications Committee (since 2012), of the Biophysical Society


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