Atakan Ekiz, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey. My lab aims to understand how cancer progresses and evades the immune system. In addition to working on elucidating these mechanisms, we develop new tools for high throughput data analysis.


University of Utah | Salt Lake City, UT

PhD in Molecular Biology/Oncological Sciences (2018)

University of Utah | Salt Lake City, UT

MS in Clinical Investigation (2018)

Izmir Institute of Technology | Izmir, Turkey

BS in Molecular Biology and Genetics (2011)


Izmir Institute of Technology | Assistant Professor | (2022-present)

UNESCO Chair in Biotechnology and Innovation (2023-present)

University of Utah | Postdoctoral researcher | (2018-2021)


European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Installation Grantee (2024)

Turkish Immunology Association Isil Berat Barlan Award (2023)

Best Lecture Design (for Computational Biology), Izmir Institute of Technology (2023)

Outstanding Young Investigator Award, The Turkish Academy of Sciences (2023)

Best Educator Award, Izmir Institute of Technology (2022)

Huntsman Cancer Institute Melanoma Trainee Award (2021)

American Association for Cancer Research, Translational Cancer Research Scholar (2013)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Med-into-Grad Scholar (2011)

Fulbright Scholarship for Graduate Education in the US (2010)

35th Congress of Turkish Society of Hematology, Experimental Hematology Award (2009)

European Hematology Association, 14th Congress Travel Grant (2009)

Fulbright Opportunity Grant (2009)

National Scholarship for Graduate Education, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (2009)

High Honors, Molecular Biology and Genetics, BS Izmir Institute of Technology (2009)


Basic Immunology (MBG321)

Tumor Immunology (MBG527)

Computational Biology (MBG404)

Applied Bioinformatics (MBG305)

Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes (MBG304)

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