According to TUIK data, the budget allocated to the import of pharmaceutical products is increasing every year, and the import of this item was around 4.5 billion dollars in 2017. For this reason, it is clear that there is a need to establish centers that will support medical research in our country, develop national products, and aim to reduce foreign dependency at this point, in order to contribute to the country’s economy by producing biotechnological products that can be imported into our country in the future.
Transgenic cell technologies and epigenetics are newly developing fields in our country and the importance of these fields is increasing in the world. In our center, transgenic cell technologies and epigenetic mechanisms will be investigated, new transgenic cell lines will be created, stem cell research will be carried out, recombinant protein production will be carried out, new diagnostic kits will be developed, and peptide and peptidomimetic-based drug candidate molecules will be designed. Thus, it is aimed to reduce foreign dependency in biotechnology.
Within the body of Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, our departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bioengineering, Chemical-Biological Engineering, Forensic Sciences provide undergraduate education in the field of life sciences, Neuroscience, Molecular Neuroscience, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bioengineering, Forensic Genetics, Our Forensic Molecular Biology programs continue their research and development activities with a strong infrastructure, especially in the field of cell technologies. It is planned to establish a center focused on epigenetics, which includes a transgenic cell technologies unit, in order to take this infrastructure in our university one step further and to transfer the scientific and technological developments in this field to our country.