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Turkey Partnerships

Hacettepe University

We are currently exploring opportunities for partnership in:

  • Biomedical Engineering Education and Research
  • On-line Education through Drexel University Online
  • Translational Research and Technology Commercialization

As a premier university with traditional strengths in medical and nursing education and healthcare, as well as a commitment to fundamental and applied sciences and engineering research, Hacettepe University is best positioned to lead in biomedical engineering. Our intent is to partner with colleagues at Hacettepe University in this initiative and host them on our campus for extended periods.

Also, Drexel's success in online education is consistent with Hacettepe University's plans to offer a diverse portfolio of online courses.

Moreover, Hacettepe University has a special place as the first technopark solely dedicated to life sciences and health technologies in Turkey. Our interests in translational research and technology commercialization and our region's focus on pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices also align in this respect.

Middle East Technical University

Dr. Ahmet Sacan, Assistant Professor in BIOMED, is collaborating with researchers in the Computer Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) on developing new methods for storage and analysis of biomolecular sequence databases. Using a novel metric-indexing based approach, they are able to significantly speed up gene and protein sequence queries. Such similarity queries are an essential part of bioinformatics studies, and the new search method will have a significant impact on the functional annotation of genes and identification of conserved sequence motifs. The collaboration is facilitated by site visits and a co-advised doctoral student.