Sergen Gül, RGPP Alumni, Contributing to Cancer and COVID-19 Research through his Ph.D

April 22, 2022



Over the 18 years, our students came from various backgrounds with different interests. After graduation, more than 85% of the students continue their studies on MA level, and the number of alumni pursuing Ph.D. studies has also been growing. 


After his RGPP year during which he took tutorial classes in environmental science, Sergen Gül returned to Turkey, where he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in organic chemistry at the Van Yüzüncü Yil University.  In his work, he is focusing on cancer and COVID-19 treatments. In March, he presented his research in progress at the International Drug Chemistry Conference.


We are proud to share some updates about Sergen’s current work, and we wish him the best of luck in his professional journey:


“I presented work using ESIPT-based fluorescence on human cell lines. For this work we synthetized over 16 compounds and chose the most active molecules for cell imaging. This target molecule performed well with cancerous lung and breast tissue, as well as other human tissue cell lines.

In my Ph.D. at the University, I am working on a project aimed at discovering new bioactive compounds for glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, for the Turkish Ministry of Health.

In addition, I also work with the Faculty of Pharmacy, where I am investigating new COVID-19 treatment candidates.”


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