Candan Tamerler

Candan Tamerler
  • Director, Bio-mediated and Biomimetic Materials
  • Wesley G. Cramer Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Contact Info

Learned Hall, Room 3114


Prof. Tamerler expertise covers bionanotechnology, molecular biomimetics, synthetic biology, biological fabrication of materials and systems as well as implementation of the engineered hybrid nanomaterials systems in diverse technological areas. Her inspiration has been to decode the elegance contained in Nature`s highly organized, yet functional structures and systems and to develop the genetic code for designing bio-enabled materials using molecular recognition, self-assembly and self-organization principles in an integrated fashion combining experimental and computational tools. Combining the molecular biology to materials science building upon her unique expertise in both fields, her research areas focus on engineering of multi-functional biomolecular systems that provide tunability at the bio-material interfaces that will lead to assembly, synthesis and biofabrication of materials with technological and medical interest. Application areas cover developing sensing and monitoring modalities, hybrid thin film and molecular coatings, cell targeting nanoprobes, next generation biomaterials for restorative and regenerative medicine.

Tamerler has published more than 150 journal articles, 30 proceedings, more than five book chapters, several patents. She serves as reviewer and editorial board member of a number journals. On the bio-nano interfaces and biomaterials, she has been guest editor to three journal special issues. She has delivered more than 100 invited presentations including key notes and plenary talks at national and international conferences. Being active member in many professional societies, she organized and chaired several symposia. She has served as chair more than 10 PhD and 30 MSc thesis/dissertation committee in addition to mentoring to multiple postodoctoral research associates. Her citations (>6000) and Hindex (38) corroborates the recognition of her work.


Research interests:

  • Molecular Biomimetics; Bio-nanotechnology; Nanotechnology; Bio-enabled Materials Science;


  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (2010 - Present)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2009 - Present)
  • Society of Biomaterials (2009 - Present)
  • American Chemical Society (2008 - Present)
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) (2007 - Present)
  • Materials Research Society (2004 - Present)
  • Society for Microbiology (1997 - Present)
  • Turkish National Academy of Science (TUBA) (2012)