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Department of Chemistry Sigel Lab


Esra Ahunbay

+41 44 63 54648
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  • Since 02.2019: PhD student in the group of Prof. Roland K.O. Sigel Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    “Monitoring the self-splicing of a long non-coding RNA via single-molecule fluorescence”
  • 10.2017-06.2018: Guest Researcher in the group of Prof. Tamer Onder, Stem Cell Laboratory, School of Medicine, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
    “The role of histone H3 lysine 36 methylation in reprogramming of fibroblasts”
  • 03-06.2017: Research Assistant in the group of Prof. Ardemis Boghossian, Laboratory of NanoBiotechnology (LNB), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
    “Electrochemical characterization of electron conduit mutants in recombinant Escherichia coli
  • 09.2015-02.2017: MSc in Molecular and Biological Chemistry, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Section, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Master Thesis: “Functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes with engineered proteins” in the group of Prof. Ardemis Boghossian (LNB)
  • 09.2013 – 02.2014: Erasmus exchange program at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
    Guest Researcher at the Center for Molecular Modeling
  • 09.2010-01.2015: BSc in Chemistry, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey Undergraduate researcher in the group of Prof. Viktorya Aviyente, Computational  Chemistry & Biochemistry Research Group



  • Mediatorless, Reversible Optical Nanosensor Enabled through Enzymatic Pocket Doping
  • V. Zubkovs, N. Schuergers, B. Lambert, E. Ahunbay and A. A. Boghossian
  • Small. 2017. Vol. 1701654, p. 1-10. DOI: 10.1002/smll.201701654

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