IMG_5978Plant Genomics Research Lab. is located in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Istanbul University. Our Department which was funded in 1982 as “Molecular Biology Section” inside of the Biology Department, and was one of the leading institutions in Turkey, established research in the discipline of molecular genetics.

Major activities in the Lab:

Changes in genome structure regulate phenotypic variation and have important roles in adaptation of plants. Identification of genes associated with abiotic (water deficit, salt stress etc) and biotic stresses and elucidation of their roles are two main topics of plant genomics. Resolution of these mechanisms may lead to production of stress tolerant plants via biotechnology. Our Lab. focuses on the cloning, characterization and comparative analysis of monocot orthologs of key proteins (eg. Dehydrin3, VIP1, G-alpha subunit) which have been first investigated in model plants, such as Arabidopsis.

Different methods including qPCR, gene transfer (Agrobacterium-mediated, electroporation), bioinformatics, protein interaction assays and recently metagenomics analyses are performed in our Lab.


Current PhD students

Nadia El Sarraf (PhD student) Thesis: “Investigation of host factors associated with Agrobacterium tumefaciens infection in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) plants”

Muzaffer Arıkan (PhD student) Thesis: “Shotgun Metagenomic Analysis of Microbial Composition of Kombucha”

Burcu Karahalil (PhD student) Thesis: “Physiological and molecular analyses of plants silenced for Gα protein in barley”


Dr. Ozge Karakas Metin

Dr. Elif Çepni Yüzbaşıoğlu

Dr. Murat Kemal Avcı

Dr. Cüneyt Uçarlı

Dr. Feyza Tufan

Rossella Scapillati

Michele Faralli

Elif Karlık

Süleyman Çaputlu


Prof. Berna Tunalı (Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey)

Prof. Yelda Özden Çiftçi (Gebze Technical University)

Prof. Vitaly Citovsky (Stony Brook University)

Assist. Prof. Z. Neslihan Öztürk (Nigde University, Turkey)

Dr. Daniele Rosellini (Perugia University, Italy)

Dr. Liam McGuffin (Reading University, UK)


Facilities in our Lab. (and Department)

Plant Growth Chamber (Angelantoni ECOCHL 700)

Plant Growth Chamber (Angelantoni)

Plant seed storage cabin

Laminar flow (Heraeaus)

Shaker incubator

Electroporator (Eppendorf)

Hybridization incubator


Vaccuum dessicator


Roche LightCycler 480

Fluorescent Microscope (Olympus)

Inverse Microscope (Olympos)

Osmometer (Knauer)

Conductivimeter (Horiba)

Thermal Cyclers

Gel Image analyzer

-80 Deep Freezer

-20 Deep Freezer

Liquid nitrogen equipment

Internship: Please contact to Dr. Filiz Gürel with your recent CV


Telephone : 90-212-455 57 00 ext 10517



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