Sabancı University faculty member receives funding

Sabancı University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (FENS) member Meltem Elitaş won funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie International Fellowship and Research Exchange Actions.

Being competitive and hard to enter, MSCA programs are considered the pinnacle of international funding and a great prestige for the scholar and their country.

The 24-month Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Action project titled "Development of Microfluid Devices and Mathematical Models for Measuring the Individual Antibiotic Reaction of Cells" is implemented by FENS Faculty Member Dr. Meltem Elitaş with FENS Faculty Member Dr. Ali Koşar as advisor, and was chosen for support under the Individual Fellowships of the MSCA by the Reintegration Panel (RI).

The subject of Dr. Meltem Elitaş’s project:

Antibiotic resistance is becoming a severe public health issue as it causes infections that were believed to have been eradicated, and because alternatives to replace antibiotics in use cannot be developed. One of the key shortcomings in the field is the lack of adequate, suitable devices and mathematical models to investigate the resistance developed by germs agains antibiotics. This project aims to develop mathematical methods and laboratory equipment that will be used to study antibiotic resistance and develop new drugs for treatment.

Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions seek to improve human potential in research and technology, support the careed development of researchers, encourage researcher mobility between countries and industries, and develop Europe and Turkey into a center of attraction for researchers.

MSCA Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to experienced researhcers within and outside Europe to learn new knowledge and disseminate what they learn. In particular, the program provides support for researchers who had worked in Europe before and seek to return and become reintegrated. The Intra-European Exchange Component provides exchange opportunities between the universities or industrial companies in EU Member States and associated countries like Turkey, which are part of the Horizon 2020 program.