Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Molecular BIology and Genetics

Program Description

At the beginning of the 21st century, novel technologies are allowing us to make exciting new discoveries and obtain detailed knowledge of how molecules, cells, tissues, and organisms operate. Furthermore, these advances are changing the way in which we diagnose and treat human disease. In light of these developments, it is crucial that we educate today's students about biology at the molecular level. Koç University's Molecular Biology and Genetics Masters Program succeeds in providing broad and deep education in the biological sciences. The Molecular Biology and Genetics Masters Program offers advanced cell and molecular biology and genetics courses as well as electives in areas, such as cancer biology, neuroscience, and bioinformatics. Students in the Molecular Biology and Genetics program will engage in experimental research by working with faculty members in their cutting-edge research programs. The program will prepare students for careers in areas including: academia, pharmaceutical discovery and development, biotechnology, environmental sciences, food quality control, and forensics.

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Application Procedure


  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • ALES Score
  • TOEFL Score
  • Undergraduate Transcript
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Completed Application Form (click here to download)

Application Deadline:

Early: 17 April, 2015

Regular: 19 June, 2015


Phone: 212 338 1371
Fax: 212 338 1395

Promising candidates will be called for an interview before a final decision is reached on their application.


  • Tuition waiver
  • Stipend
  • Housing
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel funds for scientific meetings
  • Laptop computer

Research Areas of Interest

  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Cancer
  • Mitochondrial function and ageing
  • Neuroscience
  • Cell division / Cell cycle
  • Molecular biology of human diseases
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Stem cell biology

Faculty Research Areas

Doç. Dr. Halil Kavaklı: Plant biotechnology and genomics and biological clock in humans.
Yard. Doç. Dr. Cory Dunn: Mitochondrial DNA function and ageing.
Yard. Doç. Dr. Gülayşe İnce Dunn: Molecular biology of nervous system development and physiology.
Yard. Doç. Dr. Nurhan Özlü: Proteomics analyses and the regulation of cell division and cell cycle.
Prof. Dr. Burak Erman: Computational analysis of proteins and related biological systems
Prof. Dr. Şevket Ruacan: Cancer biology and pathogenesis of human disease
Prof. Dr. Atilla Gürsoy: Computational biology and drug discovery
Prof. Dr. Özlem Keskin: Computational biology, bioinformatics, systems biology and drug design.
Prof. Dr. Metin Türkay: Optimization models and algorithms in computational biology, bioinformatics and medicine.
Yard. Doç. Dr. Tamer Önder: Cellular reprogramming and pluripotent stem cell biology.
Yard. Doç. Dr. Tuğba Bağcı Önder: Brain tumors, molecular mechanisms of tumor cell apoptosis, neural stem cells.
Yard. Doç. Dr. Nathan Lack: Prostate cancer, drug development, nuclear receptors, functional genomics.


Required Courses:

  • Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Communications in Biology
  • Bioinformatics


  • Immunology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Principles of Neuroscience
  • Advanced Cell Signaling
  • Bioenergetics
  • Parasitology
  • Biotechnology
  • Industrial microbiology
  • Biomolecular structure, function, and dynamics
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue engineering

Course Descriptions

MBGE 501 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
Topics covered will include, DNA replication and repair, gene expression mechanisms, cell cycle, organelle biogenesis, genetics, proteomics and other advanced techniques in molecular biology research.

MBGE 502 Communications in Biology
An effective means of communication of scientific results is essential in biomedical research.  This course will teach the student effective scientific writing, seminar and poster presentation skills.

ChBi 506 Bioinformatics
The principles and computational methods to study the biological data generated by genome sequencing, gene expressions, protein profiles, and metabolic fluxes. Application of arithmetic, algebraic, graph, pattern matching, sorting and searching algorithms and statistical tools to genome analysis. Applications of Bioinformatics to metabolic engineering, drug design, and biotechnology.

MBGE 504/404 Immunology
Molecular details of the innate and adaptive immune systems. Subject areas will include immune recognition, immunosuppression, communication between different immune system cell types, and autoimmunity.

MBGE 512/412 Cancer Biology
Fundamental aspects of the molecular and cellular biology of tumor formation and cancer cells. Topics include cell cycle, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, the tumors interaction with other cells and tissues, approaches to treating cancer, and novel experimental approaches for the discovery of mutations that contribute to tumorigenesis.

MBGE 520/420 Principles of Neuroscience
Function of different neuronal cell types and the larger organization of the mammalian nervous system: The topics include the molecular details of synaptic connectivity and its relationship to learning and memory and the causes of neurodegenerative disease.

MBGE 510/410 Advanced Cell Signaling
This course will cover cellular signaling pathways in molecular detail.  In particular signaling mechanisms employed by different cell types and their roles in cell and tissue differentiation and development will be studied.

MBGE 503/403 Bioenergetics
Mechanisms of cellular energy generation, storage and usage, oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis, glycolysis, energy generation in chemotrophs will be covered.

MBGE 507/407 Parasitology
Mechanisms of malaria trypanosomes, toxoplasmodium, parasitic fungi and other pathogenic organism growth, pathogenesis, evolution and interactions with the immune system will be studied in molecular and cellular detail.

ChBi 510 Industrial Microbiology
Key aspects of microbial physiology; exploring the versatility of microorganisms and their diverse metabolic activities and products; industrial microorganisms and the technology required for large-scale cultivation.

ChBi 516 Biotechnology
Recombinant DNA, enzymes and other biomolecules. Molecular genetics. Commercial use of microorganisms. Cellular reactors; bioseparation techniques. Transgenic systems. Gene therapy. Biotechnology applications in environmental, agricultural and pharmaceutical problems.

MASE 542 Biomaterials
Materials for biomedical applications; synthetic polymers, metals and composite materials as biomaterials; biopolymers, dendrimers, hydrogels, polyelectrolytes, drug delivery systems, implants, tissue grafts, dental materials, ophthalmic materials, surgical materials, imaging materials.

ChBi 584 Tissue Engineering
The fundamentals of tissue engineering at the molecular and cellular level; techniques in tissue engineering; problems and solution in tissue engineering; transplantation of tissues in biomedicine using sophisticated equipments and materials; investigation of methods for the preparation of component of cell, effect of growth factors on tissues.

CMSE 520 Biomolecular Structure, Function and Dynamics
Relationship between structure, function and dynamics in biomolecules. Overview of the biomolecular databases and application of computational methods to understand molecular interactions; networks. Principles of computational modeling and molecular dynamics of biological systems.

MBGE 590 Seminar
A series of lectures given by faculty or outside speakers. Participating students must also make presentations during the semester