Dr. Akbulut is an Assistant Professor at Sabancı University since February 2012. She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Sabanci University in 2004. Her PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2009) focused on cost-effective fabrication of biomolecular devices and surface science. She continued her studies as a post-doctoral fellow in the Whitesides Group at Harvard University (2009–2011) on developing tools/techniques for resource-limited settings. Dr. Akbulut’s main research interests are medical applications of materials science, micro/nanofabrication, and simple/easy-to-use toolboxes.
Dr. Akbulut holds five US patents and one EU patent application and has several publications. She is the recipient of MIT’s prestigious “Presidential Fellowship” (2004), Schlumberger Foundation’s “Faculty for the Future Award” (2011) and L’Oreal/UNESCO’s “Women in Science Fellowship” (2013). She also frequently teaches on social entrepreneurship at Sabanci University and Karakoy Science and Culture Academy.