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Bilkent IR Talks, Spring 2022 - 8

Asst. Prof. Berat Zeki Haznedaro─člu
Bo─čazi├ži University, Institute of Environmental Sciences
Director, Istanbul Microalgae Biotechnologies Research and Development

ÔÇťBioeconomy Perspective of a Sustainable University CampusÔÇŁ

Date & Time: 11 April Monday, 10:30
Venue: V04

Short bio:
Berat Z. Haznedaroglu is an assistant professor at The Institute of Environmental Sciences at Bogazici University (BU). He is currently director for ─░stanbul Microalgae Biotechnologies Research and Development Center and vice director for The Center for Life Sciences and Technologies. BeratÔÇÖs research group focuses on systems-level characterization of non-model microalgae and cyanobacteria for nutritional supplements, biofuels, value-added chemicals, and wastewater treatment applications. His group investigates the relationship between the expression and interaction of anabolic and catabolic reactions coupled to high-throughput systems biology tools including next-generation DNA sequencing, metabolomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics.
Berat completed his postdoc at Yale University working on enhanced production of biodiesel from microalgae. He received his Ph.D. from the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department of University of California, Riverside and his M.Sc. from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Villanova University, PA. Berat holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Berat is Newton Advanced Fellow and associate editor for Royal Society Open Science Journal.
More information on his group and research activities can be found at: http://web0.boun.edu.tr/berat.haznedaroglu/ or followed @HaznedarogluLab


Abstract:
Climate change is increasingly recognized as a major crisis for the commonwealth and prosperity of humanity, and a major threat to global biodiversity and environmental systems. Despite all the mitigation efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions, certain unavoidable climate impacts will cause serious socio-economic and environmental issues. As we all feel the pressure of this climate crisis fueled by conventional non-renewable energy resources, the pursuit for viable alternatives endures. As such, the interest in generating renewable bioproducts, has gained attraction for quite long time and investigated by both public and private entities. In particular, Europe Union (EU) targets for a bioeconomy driven future where renewable fuel standards and sustainable chemical requirements put biomass research to regain traction in a timely manner. In this presentation, I will go over some of the recent bioeconomy driven research projects conducted at Bo─čazi├ži UniversityÔÇÖs Sar─▒tepe Campus, located on the coast of Black Sea, including algal biorefinery and sustainable renewable energy projects such as wind turbine, wave energy and seawater assisted heating and cooling systems. Lastly we will also cover a brief planned project on desalination (generating freshwater from seawater). Main goal of the seminar is to provide possible solutions to our ever-growing demand for energy, food, and water, global climate change related extreme events result in loss of limited fertile lands and droughts posing significant threats to sustainability of our natural resources.