Prof. Dr. Şerif

Prof. Dr. Serif Senturk received his BSc degree from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Bogazici University. After completing his PhD studies at Bilkent University, he spent five years (2010-2015) conducting postdoctoral research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. Since late 2015, Dr. Senturk has been an integral faculty member at Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute where he currently serves as the Vice Director. Dr. Senturk established the Functional Cancer Genomics Lab at the Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center. Research endeavors at Senturk lab encompass an expansive breadth, yet finely tailored to disentangle the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer, with a particular emphasis on exploring cancer dependencies and associated phenotypes in malignant pleural mesothelioma and bladder cancer. Additionally, his lab focuses on EGFR-TKI resistance mechanisms in non-small cell lung cancer, exploring epigenetic and transcriptional landscapes, and signaling pathways in this context. Senturk lab integrates traditional molecular biology and biochemical methodologies with next generation functional genomics strategies. This allows the effective utility of cutting-edge tools, such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, CRISPR/Cas9-based genome engineering and high- throughput screens. Dr. Senturk actively engages in numerous national and international projects and plays key roles as an editor and peer reviewer for various journals, including PLOS ONE, Autophagy, Frontiers in Pharmacology, Functional and Integrative Genomics, and others. Recognized for his scientific contributions to cancer molecular biology, Dr. Senturk has been honored with the Turkish Academy of Sciences TÜBA-GEBİP Award in 2017 and the Science Academy BAGEP Award in 2019.