Prof. Filiz Gürel

Turkish Academician, Molecular Biologist and Plant Geneticist.

My research is focused on the (1) improvement of genetic transformation in monocots and (2) search for molecular basis of stress-tolerance in plants.

The effects of global warming are expected to be widespread in near future and severe drought episodes will lead to decrease in global crop production, especially in semi-arid regions such as Mediterranean. In our work, we have analysed the physiological responses and differential expression of stress-related genes in barley plants, under different stressful conditions including salinity, dehydration, and Fusarium culmorum infection. We have also sequenced a stress-induced gene, Dhn3, in wild barley populations to understand the range of mutations and contribution of allelic variation in stress adaptation.

Our lab. also works on improvement of plants with high yield and stress tolerance by genetic modifications.

Education & Experience:

B.Sc. (1990) Department of Biology, Istanbul University.

Ph.D (1997) Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul University, Turkey

Postdoctoral Research Associate (1998-1999) New York Stony Brook University, Dept. of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Prof. V. Citovsky’s Lab.)

Visiting Scientist (2011). Max Planck Institute, Cologne, Germany.

Selected Publications

Rhee  Y, Gürel F, Gafni Y, Dingwall C  and  Citovsky V (2000). A genetic system for detection of protein nuclear import and export, NATURE/BIOTECHNOLOGY 18: 433-437.

Gürel F and  Gozukirmizi N (2000). Optimization of gene transfer into barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) mature embryos by tissue electroporation, PLANT CELL REPORTS 19: 787-791.

Gürel F, Albayrak G, Diken O, Cepni E, Tunali B (2010) Use of Rep-PCR for genetic diversity analyses in Fusarium culmorum.  JOURNAL of PHYTOPATHOLOGY, 158(5): 387-389.

Faralli M., Lektemur  C., Rosellini D., Gürel F. (2015) Effects of heat shock on salinity tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.): plant growth and stress-related gene transcription. BIOLOGIA PLANTARUM, vol.59, no.3, pp.537-546.

Gürel F., Uçarlı C., Tufan F. Kalaskar D (2015). Enhancing T-DNA transfer efficiency in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cells using extracellular cellulose and lectin. APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY vol.176, pp.1203-1216, DOI: 10.1007/s12010-015-1640-0.

Gürel F., Uçarli C., Yörük E., Karagöz A. (2015) Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum in Turkey: characterization in a laboratory environment, PGR Secure Crop Wild Relative Newsletter, pp.31-33.

Uçarlı, C., McGuffin, L. J., Çaputlu, C., Aravena, A., and Gürel, F. (2016). Genetic diversity at the Dhn3 locus in Turkish Hordeum spontaneum populations with comparative structural analyses. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. doi: 10.1038/srep20966.

Gürel F., Öztürk NZ, Yörük E, Uçarlı C, Poyraz N (2016) Comparison of expression patterns of selected drought-responsive genes in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) under shock-dehydration and slow drought treatments. PLANT GROWTH REGULATIONS, Doi 10.1007/s10725-016-0156-0.

Gürel F, Öztürk ZN, Uçarlı C and Rosellini D (2016). Barley genes as a tool to confer abiotic stress tolerance in crops. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE  7:1137. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01137. link

For the full list of publications

Courses Given:

MG 311              Cell Biology I (English)

MG 412              Molecular Evolution (Turkish)

MG  000             History of Molecular Evolution (English)

MG 224              Plant Genetics (English)

MG 424              Molecular Biotechnology (Turkish)

MG427               Genetic Resources and Protection (Turkish)

MBG615             Genomics Approaches for Abiotic Stress in Plants (PhD course)

MBG 614            Molecular Biology of plant-pathogen interactions (PhD course)

MBG 513            Plant Genome Organisation (MSc course)



Prof. Filiz Gürel
Istanbul University
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Telephone: 90-212-455 57 00 ext 15472

E-mail: filiz@istanbul.edu.tr


6 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. Yeni yılda da bloğunuzun takipçileri arasında olup ; her ay gelecek olan yazılarınızı merakla bekliyor olacağız.
    Emeğinize saygılar.

  2. Merhaba Filiz Hanım,

    Yazılarınızı ben ve ekip arkadaşlarım begenerek takip ediyoruz. Biraz geçikmiş olsam da 🙂 yeni yılın size sağlık, huzur ve mutluluk getirmesi dileğiyle,

    Aslı YILDIZ

  3. Hocam,
    Yazılarınız çok beğendim. Ellerinize sağlık… Yeni yılınızın sağlıklı ve mutlu olmasını dilerim


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