Ayşe Meral Yücel

Emeritus Professor



 Plant Genetics Laboratory, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA, 1988-1989

 Department of Biology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1973-1980

 Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1971-1973

 Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1966-1971


The Primary focus on Plant Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genetics: Crop Plants (wheat, barley, lentil) Molecular and biochemical characterization of crop plants under abiotic stress conditions; salt, drought, cold, heat, and metal stresses. Understanding of the abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms, Gene expression studies (Microarray Technologies), Genetic transformation (Particle bombardment and Agrobacterium-mediated gene transformation), and characterization of the transgenic plants. Optimization of plant regeneration systems; tissue culture (using different ex-plants). Our laboratory's first gene transfer study was achieved on a tobacco plant using the Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer technique in 1993. Second focus on Biofuels: Biological Hydrogen Production from organic acids and different biomass using Purple Non-Sulfur Bacteria (PNSB) in Photobioreactors. Genetic modifications of bacterial strains of PNSB for improvement of hydrogen yield and productivity. Gene expression studies of PNS bacteria under different physiological conditions by microarray analysis has been achieved. Biodiesel production by using microalgae in bioreactors has been achieved successfully.


Muazzez Gürgan, Harun Koku, Inci Eroglu, Meral Yücel. "Transcriptome analysis of the effects of lıght and dark cycle on hydrogen production metabolism of Rhodobacter capsulatus DSM1710". International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 45 (2020) 34707-34719

Emrah Sagır, Meral Yücel, Patrick C.Hallenbeck. "Demonstration and optimization of sequential microaerobic dark-and photo-fermentaion biohydrogen production by immobilized Rhodobacter capsulatus JP91". Bioresource Technology 2018, 250,43-52

Kamal Elkahlout, Emrah Sagır, Siamak Alipour, Harun Koku, Ufuk Gündüz, Inci Eroglu, Meral Yücel. “Longterm stable hydrogen production from acetate using immobilized Rhodobacter capsulatus in apanel photobioreactor”. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2018 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.10.133

Iskın Köse Engin, Deniz Çekmecelioglu, Ayşe Meral Yücel, Hüseyin Avni Öktem. “Evaluation of heterotrophic and mixotrophic cultivation of novel Micractinium sp. ME05 onvinasse and its scale up for biodiesel production”. Bioresource Technology 2018, 251,128-134

M.C.Baloğlu, A.Battal, G.Aydın, A.Eroğlu, M.T.Öz, M.Kavas, H.A.Öktem, M.Yücel. ”Vector Construction Strategies For Transformation of Wheat Plant”. The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences 23(3) 2013 pp (906-912). ISSN:1018-7081

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10/01/2021 - 20:18