Hikmet Geckil


Professor of Molecular Genetics
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Inonu University
hikmet.geckil@inonu.edu.tr

Hikmet Geckil is a Turkish academic who received PhD degree in Molecular Biology  (with Benjamin C. Stark) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT.) A postdoctoral study (1999-2000) at Ben Gurion University and the Fulbright Fellowship (2009-2010) at the HST of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are among his science endeavors. His research is in the area of genetic engineering. His current affiliation is with the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Inonu University

Research in Geckil’s GE Laboratory is primarily based on the function of Vitreoscilla hemoglobin (VHb), the first prokaryotic hemoglobin. Using VHb, Geckil’s group engineered various bacteria for the purpose of producing industrially important products ranging from microbial fuels butanediol, acetoin to drugs used in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson disease (e.g., dopa, dopamine) and to asparaginase, an enzyme used in cancer chemotherapy. One of the recent endeavors of his laboratory is to understand the role of mTOR signal complex on the “aerobic glycolysis of cancer cells” also known as Warburg effect, one of the 10 hallmarks of all cancers.

Geckil has published in the areas of biochemistry, biomedicine, and biotechnology, and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He is the lead editor of the Moleküler Hücre Biyolojisi, the Turkish version of the highly acclaimed textbook "Molecular Cell Biology" by Harvey Lodish et al. He is also the editor of Biyokimya, the Turkish translated version of "Instant Notes in Biochemistry" by David Hames and Nigel Hooper. He has served on the editorial board of several international scientific journals, including the Biotechnology Journal (Wiley) and the Turkish Journal of Biology (TUBITAK).

He is the founding director (2010-2012) of the Center for Gifted and Talented at Inonu University and the founding director of Inonu Children’s University (2010-2012), the founding member of European Children Universities. Dr. Geckil is also the founding chairman (2010-2013) of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, the only department with fully English curricula at Inonu University. Nominated by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey), in 2012 he represented Turkey in COMSTECH (OIC's Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation) as Chief Scientific Officer.
 EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
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Research Associate
Harvard University

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Post-doctoral Fellow
Ben Gurion University



https://www.inonu.edu.tr/hikmet.geckil




                                
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  • B.S., Firat University, 1980-1984 Department of Biology, Elazig, Turkey

  • M.S., Inonu University, 1986-1988 Molecular Biology, Malatya, Turkey
    • Financial support: The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, (TUBITAK)

  • Language Education, Middle East Technical University, 1988-1989 (5 months) ​
    • Financial support: Turkish Ministry of Education
  
  • Language Education, American Language Academy, BW College,1989-1990 (7 months), Berea, Ohio.​
    • Financial support: The Turkish Ministry of Education

  • Ph.D.,  Illinois  Institute of Technology, 1991-1995: Molecular Biology), Chicago, Illinois. ​
    • Financial support:  The Turkish Ministry of Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ben Gurion University,1999-2000 (1 year) Life Sciences, Beer-Sheva, Israel.​
    • Financial support: The Council for Higher Education of Israel

  • Fulbright Fellow, Harvard University and  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009-2010 (6 months) Center for Biomedical Engineering, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, MA​
    • Financial support: US Department of State

  • Presently: Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Inonu University 


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TEACHING and RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • 1985-1988: Research Assistant at Inonu University, Biology Department, Malatya, Turkey

  • 1992: Instructor for “Women in Science and Engineering” summer program at Illinois Institute of Technology

  • 1992-1994: Teaching Assistant, Methods in Microbial Genetics and Genetic Engineering Laboratory (BIOL 523), at Illinois Institute of Technology (Practical aspects of recombinant DNA technology; Growth, handling andmaintenance of cultures; Quantitative techniques; Use of mutagens; Isolation and genetic analysis of mutants inyeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae; Cloning, transformation of Escherichia coli and restriction mapping ofDNA; Use of Southern blotting and amplification of DNA using PCR technology).
  • 1993-1994: Teaching Assistant, Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory (BIOL 519) at Illinois Institute of Technology(analytical methods for macromolecules; enzyme reactions; spectrophotometry; purification of proteins; centrifugation; chromatography; electrophoresis; pHand ion specific electrode; radioisotope tracer methodology).

  • 1993-1994: Teaching Assistant, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory (BIOL 446/533) at Illinois Institute of Technology (Growth of Escherichia coli; Chromosomal DNA extraction from bacteria; optical properties of DNA; Elements of genetic engineering: bacterial plasmid DNA extraction, restriction mapping and analysis; Cell fractionation: organelle isolationand markerenzyme assays; Protein fractionation; Estimation ofprotein molecular weight: polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; Protein synthesis and detection in vitro: in vitro translation, electroblotting, chemiluminescence detection; Chromosome stability in yeast.

  • 1994-1995: Teaching Assistant, Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory (BIOL 519) at Illinois Institute of Technology(analytical methods for macromolecules; enzyme reactions; spectrophotometry; purification of proteins; centrifugation; chromatography; electrophoresis; pH and ion specific electrode; radioisotope tracer methodology).

  • 1996-1999: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
  • 1999-2000: Postdoctoral Fellow of The Council for Higher Education of Israel at Ben Gurion University (Israel)
  • 2000-2005: Assistant Professor , Department of Biology, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
  • 2005-2010: Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Biology, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
  • 2009-2010: Fulbright Fellow, Center for Biomedical Engineering, Department of Health Sciences and Technologyof Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 2010-2011: Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Biology, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
  • 2011-present: Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey

PictureTHE COURSES I TEACH (in Department of Biology between 1996-2010)

    Undergraduate
     
    BIOL101 Genel Biyoloji (Komite dersi)
     
     
     
    BIOL351 Biyokimya Laboratuarı I 
     
    BIOL352 Biyokimya Laboratuarı II
    Graduate
     
    BIOL581 Analytical Methods in Biological Sciences
     
    BIOL582 Applications in Genetic Engineering
     
    BIOL668 Genetic Engineering
     
    BIOL695 Practical Applications in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
     
    BIOL412 English Language for Biology Profession*
     
    BIOL469 Biochemical Techniques* 
     *Elective

PictureTHE COURSES I TEACH (in Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (2012 to present)
    Undergraduate
     
    MBG101 Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics I (part of the commettee)
     
    MBG103 General Biology I (part of the commettee)
     
    MBG153 General Biology Laboratory II
     
    MBG204 Biotechnology
     
    ENG209 Vocational English III 
     
    MBG310 Research Methods in Molecular Biology
     
    MBG303 Biochemistry I
     
    MBG353 Biochemistry Laboratory I
     
    MBG304 Biochemistry II
     
    MBG354 Biochemistry Laboratory II
     
    MBG311 Biochemical Calculations*
     
    MBG311 Biochemical Calculations*
     
    MBG322 Philosophy of Science and Science Ethics*                                                                                              
     *Elective
    Graduate
     
    MBG500 Advenced Biochemistry
     
    MBG504 Cancer Biology
     
    MBG506 Genetic Engineering