Principal Investigator

Umit Hakan Yildiz, PhD




Max Planck Institute Polymer Research and Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Ph.D. in Chemistry (Feb 2009)

Thesis: “Fluorescent Ionene-Dye Nanoparticles by Electrostatic Self Assembly”

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry (Jun 2005)

Thesis: “Immobilization of Glucose Isomerase onto poly Hydroxy-methylmethacrylate Particles”

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

B.Sc. in Chemistry (Jun 2003)



Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Urla, Turkey                                                       

Assistant Prof. (present)


Stanford University, Department of Radiology, Stanford, California, US          

Visiting Research Scientist (2014- 2015)

  •   Developing Hepatocellular Carcinoma associated miRNA detection platforms.
  •   Optimization of Paper based Infectious disease screening platforms for HBV
  •   Nanoplasmonic platform development for circulating cancer cells


Center for Biomimetic Sensor Science, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Research Fellow (2010-2013)

  •   Investigating new conjugated polymer based luminescent reporters for real time activity determination of proteins.
  •   Design and fabrication of polymer based new sensing platforms for naked eye detection of lung cancer associated miRNA.
  •   Exploring new methodologies for sensing in vesicular confinement to monitor enzyme behavior at cellular and organelle level.
  •   Design and fabrication of self assembled monolayer (SAM) based array type sensing platform.
  •   Developing bio-inspired engineering materials.


Friedrich Alexander University, Department of Chemistry, Erlangen, Germany

Research Fellow (2009-2010)


Max Planck Institute Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Ph.D. Researcher (2005-2009)

Advisors: Prof. Gerhard Wegner & Prof. Franziska Groehn

  •   Synthesis and characterization of ionene & polythiophene based polyelectrolytes. Investigation of colloidal behaviors of Pyrene-ionene nanoparticles by confocal microscopy, AFM, light and neutron scattering techniques.
  •   Developing alternative methodologies for DNA labeling. DNA-Perylene complexes.
  •   Investigation of polyelectrolyte brushes-multivalent cation association.

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Researcher (2005)

Advisor: Prof. Levent Toppare

  • Synthesis and characterization of Thiophene functionalized monomers and conducting polymers. Fabricating of polymer (polythiophene and derivatives) based electrochromic devices.

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

M. Sc. Researcher (2003-2005)

Advisor: Prof. Nesrin Hasirci

  • M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry; “Immobilization of Glucose Isomerase onto poly Hydroxy-methylmethacrylate Particles”



Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Urla, Turkey 

  • General Chemistry I (CHEM 121)
  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 122)
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I (CHEM 141)
  • General Chemistry Laboratory II (CHEM 142)
  • Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 303)
  • Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 304)
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (CHEM 333)
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (CHEM 334)
  • Biosensors (BTEC 585)
  • Introduction to Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 493)



 Oral Presentations

  • Breath analyzer as point of care diagnostic tool. Umit Hakan Yildiz, Catalysis and Sensing for Health, Izmir Institute of Technology, September,08,2015, Izmir, Turkey.
  •    Conjugated polyelectrolytes as luminescent biosensors: Synthesis, characterization and applications. Umit Hakan Yildiz, Istanbul Technical University March, 21, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.
  •    Vesicle Encapuslated Conjugated Polymers: Nanosized ATP sensor; Umit Hakan Yildiz, Biosensors Conference 2012, May 15-18, 2012, Mexico.
  •    Real Time Activity Determination of ATPase by Water Soluble Polythiophene based Fluorescent Reporter Umit Hakan Yildiz, International Conference on Materials and Advanced Technologies (ICMAT), June 2011, Singapore.
  •    Water Soluble Polythiophene-DNA Complexes Umit Hakan Yildiz, 236th ACS National Meeting, PMSE Division, August 17-21, 2008, Philadelphia, PA, US.




  •  2007-2008                  International  Max Planck Research School Fellowship for Polymer
    Materials Science (IMPRS-PRS).
  •  2006-2007                  Marie Curie Host Fellowship for Early Stage Researchers Training
    “Analytical methods in the development of technology of polymers”.


Reviewer Assignments

  • Biosensors Bioelectronics (Elsevier)
  • Physical Chemistry-B (American Chemical Society)
  • Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (Wiley)
  • International Cancer Research