Mehmet Sarikaya

Materials Science and Engineering

The initiator of the cross-disciplinary Molecular Biomimetics field, Sarikaya’s major interests lie in peptide-based materials and systems in which bio/nano interfaces are designed to integrate biological structures with diverse functions of engineered solid materials. Selected through combinatorial mutagenesis and designed by bioinformatics, the interdisciplinary Lab has developed the genetically engineered peptides for inorganics (GEPIs). GEPIs are building blocks in directed/targeted assembly of nanoparticles and functional biomolecules; tiny enzymes, in biomaterialization, e.g., healing teeth; molecular linkers and erectors sets in biofunctionalization of surfaces, a potential key utility in molecular technologies and nanomedicine.