M. Sc. Seyma Özcirak Ergün

M. Sc. Seyma Özcirak Ergün
Haus A 71, Raum 451
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

 I am a Ph.D. student in the field of geomicrobiology at GFZ with a scholarship from Potsdam University.

My Ph.D. thesis is about Identifying New Enzyme Candidates Using Targeted Cell-Sorting-Based Metagenomics (ZymeFinder).


I have over 7 years of work experience in the field of bio-based laboratory.

I worked as a research associate at a university in Turkey and I had co-founded a small firm about DNA isolation kits in Yildiz Technopark (YTÜ Technopark).

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

2014 – 2017 Doctorate (canceled, only course were taken), Bioengineering, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey, GPA: 3,5.

2010 – 2012 Masters, Biochemistry, The Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey, GPA: 4,00 

2006 - 2010 Undergraduate, Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Literature, Adnan Menderes University, Turkey, GPA: 2,77


Development of Traceable Molecular Hygiene Control Methods that Determines Human DNA Level in Foods Funded by Council of National Higher Education (YÖK), Researcher, 24.06.2014 - 26.01.2016. 

Development of National Nucleic Acid Isolation Kits form Biologic, Funded by Turkish Ministry of Industry, Techno-enterprise Fund, 29.09.2015 - 29.09.2016, Project Manager, (Biologic samples: blood, plant tissue, cell line {RAW 264.7 Cell Line}).

Developing PCR Based Methods for Ionized Radiation (IR) Applied to Foods, Funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), Researcher, 08.01.2014 - 26.01.2016.

Detection of Arachis hypogaea, Pisum sativum, and Pistacia vera in food products with the development of DNA based multiple identification methods, Funded by Council of National Higher Education (YÖK), Researcher, 28.04.2015 - 28.07.2016


The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF), Newton Fund, 2016-2017- England. 

Short-term fellowship, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), April-July 2017-Germany. 

"16th FEBS Young Scientists Grant, Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), August 2016

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