Distinguished Research Fellows Spring Meeting 2024 event took place!

The "Spring Meeting 2024" event, at which Prof. Mehmet Toner and Dr. Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt, members of Sabancı University's "Distinguished Research Fellowship" program, gave a seminar, took place on 14 and 15 May 2024.


Members of Sabancı University's "Distinguished Research Fellowship" program, who work at leading universities in the academic environment and have undertaken various scientific projects and studies that have had repercussions worldwide, came together at the Distinguished Research Fellows Spring Meeting 2024 event.

On the first day of the events held on Sabancı University Tuzla Campus, Turkish biomedical engineer Prof. Mehmet Toner, who is a professor in the department of surgery at Harvard University Faculty of Medicine and the Harvard-MIT health sciences and technologies program, and on the second day, Dr. Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt, former Chief Economist of the Europe and Central Asia Region at the World Bank, and currently a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, gave a seminar.



Sabancı University President Yusuf Leblebici, who made the opening speech of the event, stated that they were happy to host people who are world authorities in their fields and gave information about Prof. Mehmet Toner's academic career and studies.

Mehmet Toner

Prof. Mehmet Toner: “Precision Microfluidics of Large Volumes of Complex Liquids”

The seminar given by Mehmet Toner on Sabancı University Tuzla Campus was entitled "Precision Microfluidics of Complex Liquids in Large Volumes". In his speech, Mehmet Toner talked about engineering-based clinical applications, especially cancer diagnosis applications. He underlined that they are working on the clinical applications of very small amounts of liquids, and that great progress has been made, especially in diagnosis. Prof. Toner also said: “We are working on early diagnosis and prenatal diagnosis of cancer. We can find cancerous cells among 1 trillion blood cells. In other words, with the technologies we use, we look at 300 million cells in 1 second and detect the cancerous cells within them. We can even find one tumor cell among 200 billion cells. So, it's pretty advanced. We examine, research and conduct studies on their clinical applications.”

Ayşegül Toker

Dr. Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt: “How are Global Banks Responding to Changes in Climate Policy?”

On the second day of the Distinguished Research Fellows Spring Meeting 2024 event, Dr. Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt, presented by Ayşegül Toker, Dean of Sabancı Business School, gave a seminar entitled "How are Global Banks Responding to Changes in Climate Policy?".

Aslı Demirgüç Kun

In her speech, Dr. Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt mentioned that climate policy aims to reduce carbon emissions through methods such as encouraging renewable energies and imposing restrictions on activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. She pointed out the role played by banks in this regard and conveyed certain main topics. She highlighted potential concerns, touching on methodologies such as comparing the lending response of local and global subsidiaries to a country's climate policy stringency and examining the behavior of a global bank's subsidiaries in different countries. Finally, she underlined that studies such as comparing credit growth to determine the responses of banks by focusing on global banks and investigating whether the response depends on preferences for green assets have been carried out.


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