Damla Pinar Karpinar


College / University

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology




Lab Experience

Major techniques in molecular biology, genetics, microbiology and biochemistry, flow cytometry, ELISA, RIA, techniques of directed evolution and protein purification methods.

Projects / Research

  • 2003 – 2004: Genetically engineering small peptides specific for particular inorganic surfaces in order to be used in nano-biotechnological applications. Istanbul Technical University, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul.
  • 2003: Determination of immunological deficiencies by flow cytometry. Experimental Medicine Research Institute (DETAE), Dept. of Immunology, Istanbul.
  • 2003: Engineering the enzyme L-LDH from Bacillus stearothermophilus by site-directed mutagenesis in order to prevent its substrate inhibition. Istanbul Technical University, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul.


Cebeci A, Kacar T, Karpinar DP, Cetinel S, Dincer S, Karaguler N, Tamerler C, Sarikaya M (2004) Site-directed mutagenesis in understanding the binding mechanism of inorganic specific polypeptides, Poster, BIOMED 2004, The11th International Symposium on Biomedical Science and Technology, September 6-7, 2004, Ankara, Turkey

Scholarships / Awards

2004 – 2005: Stipend International Max Planck Research School


I am mainly interested in structural and functional aspects of biomolecules, especially proteins. I want to deepen my knowledge about protein folding, protein sorting, molecular recognition mechanisms and structure-function relationships. In this way, I will be able to work on protein and drug design and delivery.