Bioinspired microfabrication for smart materials
Burcu is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at TU/e. She strives for the development, fabrication, and application of smart biomaterials to realize high-precision processing in high-throughput microfluidic settings. She specifically focuses on the design and development of lab-on-a-chip devices containing hydrogels for diversified life sciences applications. She is also interested in combining data-mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research for future research. Previously, she worked as a senior researcher in Mesoscale Chemical Systems Research Group at the University of Twente, where she performed independent research on nano-fabricated arrays for biomolecule analysis. In 2017 and 2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Bioengineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed microfluidic biosensors for single-cell analysis. She received her Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the BIOS Lab-on-a-chip group at the University of Twente. Her Ph.D. thesis primarily aimed at the design and development of microfluidic devices for next-generation sequencing, organ‐on-chip, and water desalination on the microscale. She is the recipient of the Pieter Langerhuizen grant given in 2019 by The Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW). Burcu serves as a web writer at the Royal Society of Chemistry in collaboration with the development editor of Lab on a Chip Journal, and a review editor in Frontiers in Digital Health Journal.