Alumni Relations Office

Ceren Özek

Faculty of Eng. & Natural Sci. 
Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering 
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Our graduate Ceren Özek (Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Undergraduate, 2010) was included in the "Inspiring 30" - a list of Turkish women inspiring the digital ecosystem issued by the Digital Age magazine in March 2016.

Digital Age chose 30 Turkish women, each with success stories in a variety of areas from entrepreneurship to science, informatics and innovation, who are inspirations to the digital world.  The magazine said the following about Ceren Özek:

Ceren Özek, Scientist

Having been included in two different and important scientific and research teams in America, the 29-year-old Ceren Özek is a promising name. Özek graduated from the Sabancı University Biological Sciences and Bioengineering Program and completed her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania on neuroscience, a discipline that studies how the brain works. Ceren's PhD studies focused on the proteins in the brain affected by the PTP1B enzyme, which is known to be correlated to obesity and diabetes. Last year, Ceren Özek won the Ethan Sims Young Researcher Award given by the International Obesity Society, leaving behind two American, one Canadian and one British scientist. Ceren is now preparing to join the stem cell research team at the Harvard University Medical School Stem Cell Institute led by Dr. Lee Rubin to work on slowing the ageing process. 

We commend our graduate for her achievements and wish her more success in the future.

Alumni Relations Office