Ozgur is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Physics at Columbia University. His research group is investigating energy conversion in biological nanostructures, developing nanomechanical approaches to determine structures of biomolecular complexes, and studying cell mechanics. Ozgur is best recognized for inventing a nanoscale microscope that can visualize mechanical properties of molecules, cells, and materials, which earned him the Grand Prize at the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Ozgur received a Junior Fellowship from the Rowland Institute at Harvard, and he currently holds a Packard Fellowship from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. His research program is also recognized with a U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award and a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health.
Xi is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Sahin Laboratory at Columbia University. His current research focuses on investigating and developing bacterial spores based hybrid materials for harnessing energy of natural evaporation.
Nicola is a PhD student in the Biological Sciences Department at Columbia University. He graduated from Scuola Normale Superiore. He is an avid explorer of animal cell shape and mechanics, and the physiological mechanisms regulating them.
Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu is a Chemical Engineering PhD candidate (Boeing Fellow 2010-2011) with his research focusing on the intersection of biology, energy, and the environment. Specifically, Hamdi focuses on theoretical and experimental approaches to modeling and manufacturing hygroscopic actuators for energy and robotic applications.
Hamdi is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV), the technology transfer office of Columbia University. During his time in the lab, Hamdi served as President of the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) for 2 years where he lobbied for the establishment of a new Graduate Student Center, increased stipend support for parents, hosted the 2013 Ivy Plus Summit, and worked to improve and nurture inter-school dialogue and interaction, among many other initiatives. For his efforts, Hamdi received the Columbia Engineering Graduate Student Life Award.
Davis is a senior in Columbia College studying Biophysics. He is using Bacillus spores to investigate their ability to capture the energy of water evaporation. Davis also enjoys taking excessively long walks through the city. Davis will be entering UC Berkeley in the Fall of 2015 to begin a PhD in Biophysics.
Zhenghan graduated from University of Science and Technology of China and is pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Physics now. He is interested in biological physics.
Suleyman is a postdoctoral research scientist in Sahin Lab at Columbia University. He received his B.S from Bogazici University in Turkey and his Ph.D. from Emory University. His research interests lie in the area of single molecule biophysics and he now focus on the nanoimaging of nucleic acids-enzyme complexes.
Ju is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biological Sciences program. Her research focuses on the mechanical properties of cells.
In her spare time, she likes watching anime and traveling. She is also an amateur rubber stamp carver.
Duckhoe is a postdoctoral research scientist. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from POSTECH in Korea. He now focuses on developing a chemically-specific, multicolor imaging method to investigate biological samples that are not easy to be imaged with conventional methods.
Eran is completing his Master’s degree in biotechnology at Columbia University. He is interested in the mimicry of biological mechanical mechanisms as a way to develop potential technologies and applications
Michael is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is interested in the optimization & characterization of the biological mechanism underlying bacterial spore-based energy. When he is not in lab he can be found composing song or climbing rock.
Kathleen graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics with a minor in Philosophy. As an undergraduate she was involved in experimental physics research in astrophysics, plasma physics, quantum opto-mechanics, and neutrino physics as part of the MicroBooNE experiment. She studied in Columbia’s M.A. program in the Philosophical Foundations of Physics while conducting research in the Sahin lab. Her research in biophysics focused on high-resolution atomic force microscopy of cells to study intracellular forces. She also built a 3D printer to that prints a solution of Bacillus Subtilis spores. The spores can be used as an energy source to power small mechanical devices. She later worked in astrophysics on the FIREBall II balloon experiment, and is joining the physics PhD program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Fall of 2015.
Livan is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Sahin Laboratory at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from EPFL in Switzerland. His current research focuses on developing new approaches for nanoimaging of membrane receptors.