Faculty Members

Prof. Dr. Sebnem Harsa


Ph.D. :The University of Reading, UK, 1992

M.S. :Ege University,Izmir, 1987

B.S. :Ege University,Izmir, 1983

Research interest​

  • Food Engineering and Nutritional Health
  • Bioseparation
  • Characterization of protein structures
  • Production, immobilization and downstream processing of enzymes
  • Bioprocesses
  • sebnemharsa@iyte.edu.tr

Prof. Dr. Figen Korel


Ph.D. :University of Florida ,USA, 2000

M.S. :Clemson University ,USA, 1996

B.S. :Ege University, İzmir, 1992

Research interest​

  • Food Microbiology
  • Food quality control
  • Layer by layer food packaging
  • Sensory evaluation
  • figenkorel@iyte.edu.tr

Prof. Dr. Figen Tokatli


Ph.D. :Illinois Institute of Technology, A.B.D, 2000

M.S. :Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara,1991

B.S. :Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 1989

Research interest​

  • Multivariate data analysis (chemometrics)
  • Kinetic modelling of biological systems
  • Use of statistical process monitoring and quality control techniques for the improvement of productivity and quality
  • Use of design of experiments in process improvement and media optimisation
  • figentokatli@iyte.edu.tr

Prof. Dr. Banu Ozen


Ph.D. : Purdue Universtiy,A.B.D, 2000

M.S. : Delaware Universtiy, 1996

B.S. :  Middle East Technical University (METU), 1992

Research interest​

  • Food Chemistry
  • Food analysis with infrared spectroscopy
  • Determination of food adulteration
  • banuozen@iyte.edu.tr

Prof. Dr. Sevcan Unluturk


Ph.D. : Illinois Institute of Technology, A.B.D. , 2002

M.S. :Illinois Institute of Technology, A.B.D. , 1995

B.S. :Ege University, İzmir, 1992

Research interest​

  • Food preservation
  • UV irradiation
  • Alternative new food processing methods
  • Food rheology
  • Food unit operations
  • Mathematical modelling in food processing
  • Predictive microbiology
  • sevcanunluturk@iyte.edu.tr

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cagatay Ceylan (Vice chairperson)


Ph.D. : Middle East Technical University (METU),Ankara,2005

 M.S. :Univeristy of Virginia, A.B.D, 1998

 B.S. : Hacettepe University, Ankara, 1993

Research interest​

  • Lipid peroxidation that occurs during food processing and preventing the formation of carbonyl compounds that forms as a result of lipid peroxidation

  • Investigation of lipid production/metabolism and oxidation in cancer cells

  • The use of hydrogels ain biotechnology and their characterisation

  • cagatayceylan@iyte.edu.tr

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayse Handan Baysal (Chair of Department)


Ph.D. :Ege University, İzmir, 2002

 M.S. :Ege University, İzmir, 1996

 B.S. :Ege University, İzmir, 1993

Research interest​

  • Determination of food related microbiological risk exposure

  • Risk evaluation

  • Development of method, technology and strategy for prevention and reduction of risks (alternative decontamination/ detoxification techniques)

  • Microbial ecology

  • Molecular microbiology

  • Fermented foods

  • Effect assessment of antimicrobial and hygienic materials

  • handanbaysal@iyte.edu.tr

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Yemenicioglu


Ph.D. : Ankara University, Ankara, 1998

M.S. : Ankara University, Ankara, 1996

B.S. :  Ankara University, Ankara, 1994

Research interest

  • Active and bioactive edible films, coatings and gels
  • Extraction, purification and characterization (kinetic, bioactive, functional and molecular) of food enzyme
  • ahmetyemenicioglu@iyte.edu.tr

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Beste Bayramoglu


Ph.D. :    University of California, USA, 2012

M.S. : Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 2007

B.S. : Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 2005

Research interest​

  • Molecular Modeling and Simulations of Polymeric, Biomolecular and Colloidal Systems
  • Applications of Nanotechnology in Food Engineering
  • Layer-by-Layer Assembly
  • Food Hydrocolloids
  • bestebayramoglu@iyte.edu.tr

Prof. Dr. Efe Sezgin
(Vice chairperson)


Ph.D. : Stony Brook University, USA, 2005

B.S. : Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 1998

Research interest​

  • Nutrigenomics
  • Nutritional genetics
  • Genetical reasons of complex diseases
  • Genetic mapping
  • Epidemiology
  • Statistical modelling
  • Molecular genetics
  • Drosophila experiment model
  • efesezgin@iyte.edu.tr

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oguz Buyukkileci


Ph.D. : Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 2007

M.S. : Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH), İzmir, 2000

B.S. : Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 1997

Research interest​

  • Industrial biotechnology and microbiology
  • Bio-based products
  • Valorization of agro-food wastes
  • Prebiotics and plant-based polymers
  • oguzbuyukkileci@iyte.edu.tr

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sukru Gulec


Ph.D. : University of Florida, ABD, 2013

M.S. : Ankara University, Ankara, 2006

B.S. : Ankara University, Ankara, 2004

Research interest​

  • Molecular Nutrition and Human Physiology
  • Intestinal Nutritent Sensing
  • Mineral Metabolism
  • Obesity and Type2 Diabetes
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Bioaccesbility- Bioavailability- Biofucntionality
  • Experimental Functional Food Design
  • Cell Culture-Rat/Mice-C. elegans
  • sukrugulec@iyte.edu.tr

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sibel Uzuner


Ph.D. :Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 2014

M.S. : Hacettepe University, Ankara, 2008

B.S. : Hacettepe University, Ankara, 2005

Research interest​

  • Production of value-added products
  •        Food waste management
  •     Novel Technologies (high hydrostatic pressure, pulsed electric field, UV light, ozone, and ultrasound)
  •        Food informatics
  •        Modeling and optimization of bioprocessing