Nurdan Ozkucur

Medford, Massachusetts, US

Founder & CEO - Biology, Engineering, Medicine, Technology
Nurdan's Skills
Technical
Background

Startup Experience

First time founder

About Nurdan

Nurdan Ozkucur is multidisciplinary Cell Biologist at the intersection of science, engineering, medicine, and technology. She loves learning about the life’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.

Quote

It takes a village to ask the right question in the right context and answer using the right tools - Nurdan Ozkucur

Work Experience

Founder, CEO

SMYRNA

January 2018 - Today

• 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)

Tufts University

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) • Managed and collaborated with teams of scientists, clinicians, engineers, and industry partners on 11 projects, 5 of which are completed. • Authored and delivered 10 research grants including budget justification of research costs; identified and attracted collaborators to complete projects. • Led cross-functional teams to develop product validation plans and procedures for Electroluminescent Living Cellular Devices -ELICD-. • 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. • 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)

TU Dresden

January 2003 - February 2012

• 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). • 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. • 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.

Education

TU Dresden

PhD - Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Biomaterials

2005 - 2008

TU Dresden

MSc - Molecular Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering

2002 - 2004

Ege University

BSc - Biology, Zoology

1996 - 2000