Medford, Massachusetts, US
Medford, Massachusetts, US
First time founder
Nurdan Ozkucur is multidisciplinary Cell Biologist at the intersection of science, engineering, medicine, and technology. She loves learning about the lifeâ€™s powerful work as whole as it exhibits various forms, functions, and principals in a great coherence.
At Smyrna, she will utilize her unique background to bring together cells, materials, electronics, and optics.
It takes a village to ask the right question in the right context and answer using the right tools - Nurdan Ozkucur
January 2018 - Today
â€¢ Building biofidelic machines to provide holistic solutions to the various industries
Research Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2017); NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2016); DFG Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Engineering and Biology (2012-2015)
March 2012 - December 2017
TUFTS UNIVERSITY, Medford, MA 2012-2017 Research Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2017); NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2016); DFG Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Engineering and Biology (2012-2015) â€¢ Managed and collaborated with teams of scientists, clinicians, engineers, and industry partners on 11 projects, 5 of which are completed. â€¢ Authored and delivered 10 research grants including budget justification of research costs; identified and attracted collaborators to complete projects. â€¢ Led cross-functional teams to develop product validation plans and procedures for Electroluminescent Living Cellular Devices -ELICD-. â€¢ Delivered 8 invited seminars on various topics including tissue regeneration, ELICD, and in vitro biology. Attended by company representatives, scientists, NIH program manager, USDA researcher, and academics. â€¢ Established and executed protocols for design and execution of functional assays and quality control methods for monitoring and characterizing cells.
Postdoctoral Scientist (2008-2012); Research Associate (2005-2008); Student Research Assistant (2003-2004)
January 2003 - February 2012
â€¢ Led and managed teams of scientists and undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students, 51 people in total, on 5 projects (5 scholarly papers with yearly timelines). â€¢ Directed a team comprised of a scientist, an engineer, 2 clinicians, and 2 industry partners to accomplish 2 projects. Ensured appropriate resource allocation, adherence to strict deadlines, execution of experiments, and active communication among team members. â€¢ Designed and conducted in vitro preclinical studies on tissue-engineered vascular grafts leading to rat in vivo studies and resulting in 3 publications, 2 invited seminars, 1 keynote lecture, and 4 poster presentations.
PhD - Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Biomaterials
2005 - 2008
MSc - Molecular Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering
2002 - 2004
BSc - Biology, Zoology
1996 - 2000