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METU-BIN iGEM Software TeamProject: Mining for BioBricks


METU-BIN is an interdisciplinary research team whose main focus is on the intersection of Systems Biology approaches and Synthetic Biology applications. For this aim METU-BIN team is composed of 12 students and 3 advisors from different disciplines such as Biology, Molecular Biology, Electronics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Bioinformatics.



Yeşim, has received her M.D in 1999 from HÜTF, Ankara and completed her Ph.D at University of TN, Knoxville on Genome Science and Technology in 2006. After working as a research fellow at City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte,CA , she has recently accepted her current position at METU Informatics Institute as an Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics. She is also the acting coordinator of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program in METU. Main focus of her research is Genomic Biomarker discovery and applications of biomarker research in Personalized Medicine . Her research group is working on building a new integrated application for genome wide association of SNP biomarkers and discovery of genes and pathways related to diseases, where SNP genotyping data from both microarray and next generation sequencing experiments can be analyzed in all-in-one step.

Tolga CAN

Tolga Can received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004. He is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. His main research interests are in bioinformatics, especially prediction and analysis of protein-protein interaction networks, and statistical methods such as graphical models and kernel methods.




Gökhan ERSOY

Hi, I am Gökhan. :) I am a Computer Engineer. And this year, I will start studying the scientific preperation class in Bioinformatics Department of Middle East Technical University, as an MSc. student. This is my first year in genetics science and iGEM. Although I'm a computer scientist; I always like genetics and working in the lab environment. I think iGEM is a perfect way to improve my knowledge on genetics. In our team, I am responsible of software development. Good luck for all teams! :)

Güngör BUDAK

Hi, I'm Güngör. I'm one of the undergraduate students in the iGEM team METU-BIN and studying Biology major at Middle East Technical University (METU). So I'm learning a great science Biology but at the same time, my deep interest in computer sciences takes me to that area as well. When I was taking some advice on Bioinformatics, which is the application of computer science and information technology to the field of biology and medicine, by Assoc. Prof. Yeşim AYDIN SON, she told me about the competition and the field synthetic biology. After a quick search on the Internet, I found this area amazing, and eventually I was one of the member of the METU-BIN. In the team, my contributions were to get the relational data of bioparts in PartsRegistry and save it in a standard way for computer engineers to use it. Then, I coded and designed the wiki page, and also I designed the team logo.