Turkish sciencewomen make us proud with their worldwide achievements

Turkish science women departing from Turkey and continuing their studies in America, Antarctica and many other countries are shaping and steering science on the world.

Included among them are not only those examining the depths of space, but also those conducting studies for early diagnosis of diseases…

National Pole Science Program in Antarctica, Space Telescope Program in NASA, microchip detecting and diagnosing cancer in a short time, and wearable cardiac pacemaker…

And signatures under these projects belong to Turkish sciencewomen…

Antarctica continent of 14 million square kilometres, 98 percent of which is coated by an ice layer with an average thickness of one and a half kilometres, hosts a total of 97 facilities belonging to 30 countries. And now, Turkey is getting prepared to open the 98thfacility in this continent. Burcu Özsoy, leader of the 2ndNational Antarctic Scientific Expedition Team, is going to wave our star and crescent flag over the glaciers. Following the scientific expeditions, Turkey will shift from its existing observer status to the advisor status therein.

“One of our goals is to become an advisor country within the Antarctic agreements system. At the same time, we are going to perform feasibility studies so as to ensure that Turkey can establish and set up a base thereat,” says Özsoy.

“Turkey’s vision project”

In reception of the scientific team before the expedition, the Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that the studies in Antarctica were one of the vision projects of Turkey.

“The expedition you are going to perform is not only an ordinary scientific expedition. It will be a step demonstrating the strength and resoluteness of future vision of Turkey as well,” says Yıldırım.

In his speech given in the farewell ceremony organized for participants, Özlü, Science, Industry and Technology Minister, said: “Strength of Turkey will stand behind our scientific team.” Özlü also added that various different scientific works and studies would be conducted within the frame of our national pole program. 

Sole Turkish woman scientist in NASA: Feryal Özel

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of USA is conducting a great many of studies in order to demystify the endless universe. 

And one of them is the “Space Telescope” project started so as to monitor and display the black hole…

And this project contemplated to be implemented in 2020 is headed by Feryal Özel, the sole Turkish woman scientist working in NASA.

Özel is an astrophysics professor having achieved to enter the list of “Great Ideas” comprised of 20 scientists also including such names as Albert Einstein and John Nash.

Feryal Özel, after doing double major in physics and mathematics departments in Columbia University, took her master degree in physics in Copenhagen, capital city of Denmark.

And she completed her doctorate program on astrophysics in Harvard University. Having been awarded the Hubble Prize and taken in the Hubble staff by NASA, Özel is presently lecturing astronomy and physics in Arizona University.

Microchip completing a cancer test in 1-2 minutes

Gözde Durmuş is another sciencewoman who is still at the beginning of her thirties and has yet left a trace in the science world…

The innovation of Durmuş made it possible to perform a cancer test in only 1-2 minutes by means of a microchip.

Gözde Durmuş is a bioengineer studying on stem cell in the Gen Technologies Center in Stanford University in the United States.

Her science journey started in METU and continued first in Harvard University and then in Brown University.

And her last stop was Stanford University where she started her career as a research assistant after doctorate program.

Thanks to her Human Genome Project developed as a result of her studies on cancer and antibiotic resistance, she is taken into “Under 35 Innovators List” of MIT Technology Review Magazine. 

With the microchip produced by Durmuş, antibiotic sensitivity and cancerous cells can be detected in a time shorter than 20 minutes.

This young woman is now developing herself in the field of investment through her company founded for use and production of her microchip in laboratories. 

Turkish signature on wearable cardiac pacemaker

Inventor of wearable cardiac pacemaker aiming to assist in diagnosis of different brain diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease is Canan Dağdeviren. She received her doctorate degree in material science and engineering field in Illinois University. 

She is working in Massachusetts Technology Institute since 2014.

At the same time she is the first Turkish scientist selected from Turkey to Harvard University. She is one of the 9 names under the heading of inventors in the magazine published by MIT. And Forbes Magazine named Dağdeviren as “one of 30 scientists below 30 years of age”. 

Taking inspiration from her own life

Saying that she takes inspiration from her own life in her studies, Dağdeviren addressed a speech in the United Nations General Assembly for “February 11 International Women and Girls in Science Day”.

The young sciencewoman says she is going to concentrate on early diagnosis of breast cancer in her next project.

Sevilay Altıntaş, Medical Oncologist living in Belgium, is an academician in Uza University in Antwerp city. Altıntaş is presently conducting a great many of clinic studies therein. 

“To be both a mother and a successful sciencewoman is not so easy, but I do not see it as a great obstacle because I am doing my job with love. I love both my little lambs and my job,” says Altıntaş.

Also the president of the Belgian Women Doctors Association, Altıntaş is taking part in volunteer activities in the fight against breast cancer. Turkish sciencewoman living in Belgium since 2 years of age does not ignore spending time with her children as well.