Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bülent İçgen

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bülent İçgen (Vice Chairperson)
 
Interest Areas
Bacterial degradation & transformation & detoxification
Bioremediation of contaminated environments
Biotechnology of aerobic & anaerobic waste treatment
Metabolic engineering & catabolic genes
Biomolecular tools in engineering applications
Biomarkers & bioindicators & DNA probes
Environmental omic technologies
E-mail: bicgen {at} metu.edu.tr
Phone: +90-312-210-5858  Fax: +90-312-210-2646 

Education

  • Visiting Faculty in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA, 2015-2015
  • Visiting Faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University - USA, 2011-2012
  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town - South Africa, 2003-2005
  • PhD in Biotechnology, Middle East Technical University - Turkey, 1994-2000
  • MSc in Biotechnology, Middle East Technical University - Turkey, 1991-1994
  • BSc in Biology, Hacettepe University - Turkey, 1986-1990

Interest Areas

  • Environmental sustainability through bioremediation of contaminated environments
  • Bacterial degradation & transformation & detoxification of xenobiotic compounds
  • Structural and functional diversity of microbial communities in contaminated environments
  • Molecular genetic tools to assess the effects of microbial treatment on anthropogenic chemicals
  • Biomonitoring of waterborne pathogens & toxic metals & drug resistance genes as contaminants
  • Biomarkers & bioindicators & DNA probes & FISH for in situ microbial activity monitoring
  • Metabolic engineering & catabolic genes & biocatalytic applications for pollutant degradation
  • Biotechnological processes for aerobic & anaerobic waste treatment
  • Environmental genomics & metabolomics & transcriptomics & proteomics

Membership in Professional Societies

  • European Federation of Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology Association of Turkey
  • Biosafety and Bio Economy Association of Turkey

Awards

  • Middle East Technical University, Academic Performance Award, 2012-2014.
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    University of Cape Town, Department of Chemical Engineering, South Africa, 2003-2005
  • The Council of Higher Education of Turkey, Visiting Scientist Fellowship
    Princeton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USA, 2011

Positions Held

Academic Positions Held

  • 2012-to date   : Assoc. Prof., Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University - Turkey
  • 2015-2015      : Visiting Faculty, EAPS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA
  • 2011-2011      : Visiting Faculty, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University - USA
  • 2009-2012      : Assoc. Prof., Molecular Biology, Kırıkkale University - Turkey
  • 2008               : Assoc. Prof., Interuniversity Council of Turkey
  • 2003-2005      : Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town - South Africa

Other Positions Held

  • 2016-         : Chairperson, Biochemistry, Middle East Technical University
  • 2015-         : Vice Chairperson, Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University
  • 2015-         : Steering Committee Member, Biotechnology, Middle East Technical University
  • 2012-         : Steering Committee Member, Biochemistry, Middle East Technical University
  • 2007-2009 : Head of BIYOTEG at TUBITAK-TEYDEB - Turkey
  • 2007-2009 : CORNET, National Delegate for Turkey
  • 2007-2008 : EUREKA, National EUROAGRI+ Delegate for Turkey
  • 2007-2008 : EUREKA, National EUROENVIRON Delegate for Turkey

Reviewer Activities

International and National Journals

  • International Journal of Environment and Pollution
  • Chemosphere
  • Journal of Infection and Public Health
  • Journal of Environmental Management
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • Journal of Water and Health
  • Journal of Surfactants and Detergents
  • CLEAN Soil, Air, Water
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Desalination and Water Treatment
  • BMC Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Research
  • Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
  • International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
  • Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • New Zeland Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science
  • Biochemical Engineering Journal
  • Waste and Biomass Valorization
  • Turkish Journal of Biochemistry

International and National Projects, Projects Proposals and Reports

  • Austrian Partnership Program in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR)
  • Eurostars Projects
  • COST Projects
  • Eureka Projects
  • Industrial and Academical R&D Projects for The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
  • Industrial and Academical R&D Projects for Technology Forecasting and Assessment Directorate of Turkey (TTGV)
  • Kırıkkale University Research Fund (KU-BAP)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund (METU-BAP)

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate

  • Environmental Microbiology, METU
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering, METU
  • Molecular Tools in Environmental Engineering, METU
  • Biotechnology, KU
  • Molecular Biology, KU
  • Microbiology, KU
  • Microbial Genetics, KU
  • Industrial Microbiology, KU
  • Immunology, KU

Graduate

  • Environmental Biotechnology, METU
  • Environmental Applications of Biomolecular Engineering, METU
  • Microbial Biotechnology, KU
  • Molecular Approaches in Microbiology, KU
  • Recombinant DNA Technology, KU
  • Enzyme Technology, KU

Teaching Courses Developed

  • Molecular Tools in Environmental Engineering, Undergraduate Course, METU
  • Environmental Applications of Biomolecular Engineering, Graduate Course, METU
  • Microbial Genetics, Undergraduate Course, KU
  • Industrial Microbiology, Undergraduate Course, KU
  • Microbial Biotechnology, Graduate Course, KU
  • Molecular Approaches in Microbiology, Graduate Course, KU
  • Recombinant DNA Technology, Graduate Course, KU

Workshops and Short Courses

  • Fluorescein in situ Hybridization (FISH) Workshop. Illkrich, France, 1995.
    Hands-on practice, rapid hybridization with Oncor Probes and visualization chromosome in situ theory & methods, applications of FISH in research, microscopy & image analysis. Apoptosis pretreatment and detection, visualization. Lectures, introduction to apoptosis and the apop tag assay, methods for staining apoptosis
  • International Workshop Organized by EUREKA. Brussels, Belgium, 1998.
    Project Assessment, Generating More Projects, Assessment of Proposals, Follow-up and Project Marketing, Follow-up and Communication, Follow-up and Evaluation

Organized International Meetings

  •  EUREKA, EUROAGRI+ Working Group Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007.

Publications

Publications in Refereed International Journals

  • Icgen, B. and Yilmaz, F. Screening and in situ monitoring of potential petroleum hydrocarbon degraders in contaminated surface water (2017) CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water, 45 (1), 1600194.
  • Nakipoglu, M., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. vanA gene harboring enterococcal and non-enterococcal isolates expressing high level vancomycin and teicoplanin resistance reservoired in surface waters (2017) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 98 (5) 712-719.
  • Nakipoglu, M., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. vanA-targeted oligonucleotide DNA probe designed to monitor vancomycin- and teicoplanin-resistant bacteria in surface waters (2016) Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 188 (10), 569.
  • Icgen, B. VanA-type MRSA (VRSA) emerged in surface waters (2016) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 97 (3), 359-366.
  • Seyedmonir, E., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Methicillin-resistant bacteria inhabiting surface waters monitored by mecA-targeted oligonucleotide probes (2016) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 97 (2), 261-271.
  • Icgen, B. and Yilmaz, F. Use of cadA-specific primers and DNA probes as tools to select cadmium biosorbents with potential in remediation strategies (2016) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 96 (5), 685-693.
  • Icgen, B., Salik, S.B., Goksu, L., Ulusoy, H., and Yilmaz, F. Bioattenuation of detergent plant effluents enhanced via single microbial augmentations (2016) Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 19 (3), 637-644.
  • Icgen, B. and Yilmaz, F. Design a cadA-targeted DNA probe for screening of potential bacterial cadmium biosorbents (2016) Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23 (6), 5743-5752.
  • Onur, G., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Diesel oil degradation potential of a bacterium inhabiting petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated surface waters and characterization of its emulsification ability (2015) Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 18 (4), 707-717.
  • Seyedmonir, E., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. mecA gene dissemination among staphylococcal and non-staphylococcal isolates shed in surface waters (2015) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 95 (1), 131-138.
  • Cerit, S., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Challenging tin toxicity by a novel strain isolated from fresh waters (2015) Desalination and Water Treatment, 53 (12), 3244-3252.
  • Icgen, B. and Yilmaz F. Co-occurrence of antibiotic and heavy metal resistance in Kızılırmak river isolates (2014) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 93, 735-743.
  • Yilmaz, F. and Icgen, B. Characterization of SDS-degrading Delftia acidovorans and in situ monitoring of its temporal succession in SDS-contaminated surface waters (2014) Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21 (12), 7413-7424.
  • Akbulut, S., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Surface water isolates of hemolytic and non-hemolytic Acinetobacter with multiple drug and heavy metal resistance ability (2014) Journal of Water and Health, 12 (1), 1-12.
  • Yilmaz, F., Orman, N., Serim, G., Kochan, C., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Surface water-borne multidrug and heavy metal-resistant Staphylococcus isolates characterized by 16S rDNA sequencing (2013) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 91 (6), 697-703.
  • Koc, S., Kabatas, B., and Icgen, B. Multidrug and heavy metal-resistant Raoultella planticola isolated from surface water (2013) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 91 (2), 177-183.
  • Tekin, E., Icgen, B., and Ozcengiz, G. Real-time PCR investigation of the dynamic expression of three "RNA processing and modification" genes of Phanerochaete chrysosporium exposed to lead (2013) Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 90 (1), 27-33.
  • Aktan, Y., Tan, S., and Icgen, B. Characterization of lead-resistant river isolate Enterococcus faecalis and assessment of its multiple metal and antibiotic resistance (2013) Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 185 (6), 5285-5293.
  • Ozer, G., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Biochemical and molecular characterization of strontium-resistant environmental isolates of Pseudomonas fluorescens and Sphingomonas paucimobilis (2013) Geomicrobiology Journal, 30 (5), 381-390.
  • Ozcan, O., Icgen, B., and Ozcengiz, G. Pretreatment of poultry litter improves Bacillus thuringiensis-based biopesticides production (2010) Bioresource Technology, 101 (7), 2401-2404.
  • Icgen, B., Moosa, S., and Harrison, S.T.L. A study of the relative dominance of selected anaerobic sulphate-reducing bacteria in a continuous bioreactor by fluorescence in situ hybridization (2007) Microbial Ecology, 53 (1), 43-52.
  • Icgen, B. and Harrison, S.T.L. Identification of population dynamics in sulphate-reducing consortia on exposure to sulphate by 16S rRNA probing (2006) Research in Microbiology, 157 (10), 922-927.
  • Icgen, B. and Harrison, S.T.L. Exposure to sulphide causes populations shifts in sulphate-reducing consortia (2006) Research in Microbiology, 157 (8), 784-791.
  • Elpek, G.K., Icgen, B., and Ozcengiz, G. Colicinogeny in local isolates of Salmonellae and plasmid transfer studies (2003) Folia Microbiologica, 48 (2), 257-260.
  • Icgen, B., Gurakan, G.C., and Ozcengiz, G. Characterization of Salmonella enteritidis isolates of chicken, egg, and human origin from Turkey (2002) Food Microbiology, 19 (4), 375-382.
  • Icgen, B., Ozcengiz, G., and Alaeddinoglu, N.G. Evaluation of symbiotic effectiveness of various Rhizobium cicer strains (2002) Research in Microbiology, 153 (6), 369-372.
  • Icgen, B., Gurakan, G.C., and Ozcengiz, G. Characterisation of local isolates of Enterobacteriaceae from Turkey (2002) Microbiological Research, 157 (3), 233-238.
  • Icgen, Y., Icgen, B., and Ozcengiz, G. Regulation of crystal protein biosynthesis by Bacillus thuringiensis I.Effects of mineral elements and pH (2002) Research in Microbiology, 153 (9), 599-604.
  • Icgen, Y., Icgen, B., and Ozcengiz, G. Regulation of crystal protein biosynthesis by Bacillus thuringiensis II. Effects of carbon and nitrogen sources (2002) Research in Microbiology, 153 (9), 605-609.
  • Elpek, G.K., Icgen, B., Gurakan, G.C., and Ozcengiz, G. Colicinogeny, lipopolysaccharide and outer membrane protein profiles of multi-drug resistant Salmonella typhimurium isolates from Turkey (2002) Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences, 32 (6), 483-486.
  • Icgen, B., Gurakan, G.C, and Ozcengiz, G. Effects of plasmid curing on antibiotic susceptibility, phage type, lipopolysaccharide and outer membrane protein profiles in local Salmonella isolates (2001) Food Microbiology, 18 (6), 631-635.
  • Yıldız, E.E., Ozcengiz, G., Icgen, B., and Alaeddinoglu, N.G. Assignment of biological functions to specific plasmids in a local isolate of Rhizobium cicer (1999) Folia Microbiologica, 44 (1), 55-58.

Publications in Refereed National Journals

  • Elpek, G.K., Icgen, B., Gurakan, G.C., and Ozcengiz, G. Colicinogeny, lipopolysaccharide and outer membrane protein profiles of multi-drug resistant Salmonella typhimurium isolates from Turkey (2002) Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences, 32 (6), 483-486.

Conference Proceedings

International Conference Proceedings

  • Aydin, D.C., Icgen, B. Characterization of biosurfactants enhancing kerosene degradation (2017) 2nd International Conference on Air, Water, and Soil Pollution and Treatment (AWSPT'17), 2-4 Apr, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Haghiri, S. and Icgen, B. Biogas production in single-stage anaerobic digestion of waste-activated sludge, pre-treated with varying ozone doses (2016) International Congress on Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 26-28 Sep, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Cicek, M. and Icgen, B. Microbial population dynamics in anaerobic digester due to ammonia loadings(2016) International Congress on Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 26-28 Sep, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Aydin, D.C. and Icgen, B. Biosurfactants from kerosene degraders for efficient bioremediation (2016) International Congress on Water, Waste and Energy Management, 18-20 July, Rome, Italy.
  • Yavas, A. and Icgen, B. Selection of BTEX degraders from petroleum hdyrocarbon contaminated surface waters (2016) International Congress on Water, Waste and Energy Management, 18-20 July, Rome, Italy.
  • Cicek, M., Haghiri, S., and Icgen, B. Bacterial population dynamics in anaerobic digester efficient in biogas production monitored through fluorescein in situ hybridization (2016) EURASIA 2016 Waste Management Symposium, 2-4 May, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Haghiri, S., Cicek, M., and Icgen, B. Acceleration of hydrolysis step in anaerobic digester after ozone pre-treatments monitored at microbial level by using fluorescence in situ hybridization (2016) EURASIA 2016 Waste Management Symposium, 2-4 May, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Yavas, A. and Icgen, B. Isolation of BTEX-degrading indigenous bacteria from petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated surface waters (2016) EURASIA 2016 Waste Management Symposium, 2-4 May, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Nakipoglu, M., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Resistance to vancomycin in surface water isolates monitored by vanA-specific oligonucleotide probe (2016) EURASIA 2016 Waste Management Symposium, 2-4 May, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Yilmaz, F. and Icgen, B. Biosurfactant producing and diesel oil degrading bacteria isolated from petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated river waters (2016) EURASIA 2016 Waste Management Symposium, 2-4 May, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Nakipoglu, M., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. In situ monitoring of vancomycin resistance genes in surface waters by oligonucleotide probes (2015) ICOEST 2015 International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 9-13 Sep, Sarajevoa, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Onur, G., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Emulsification and diesel oil degradation ability of Acinetobacter haemolyticus Zn01 isolated from petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated river waters (2015) Global Biotechnology Congress 2015, 22-25 July, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Ak, M.S., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Biogas production by anaerobic digester exposed to ammonia changed with changing bacterial population dynamics (2015) ICOCEE Cappadocia 2015 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, 20-23 May, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Nakipoglu, M., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Western blot analysis used to detect van-encoded D-alanine-D-lactate ligase in surface water isolates (2015) ICOCEE Cappadocia 2015 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, 20-23 May, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Onur, G., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Isolation of efficient diesel oil degraders harbouring alkB and C23O genes (2015) ICOCEE Cappadocia 2015 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, 20-23 May, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Seyedmonir, E., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Methicillin-resistant surface water isolates monitored by mecA-specific DNA probes (2015) ICOCEE Cappadocia 2015 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, 20-23 May, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Goksu, L., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Potential of Pseudomonas species for the treatment of heavily detergent-polluted waters (2015) ICOCEE Cappadocia 2015 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, 20-23 May, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Salik, S.B., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Isolation of bacteria efficient in the removal of anionic detergents (2015) ICOCEE Cappadocia 2015 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, 20-23 May, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Ulusoy, H., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Identification of a potential isolate for degradation of sodium dodecyl sulfate in wastewater systems (2015) ICOCEE Cappadocia 2015 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, 20-23 May, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Nakipoglu, M., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Vancomycin resistance genes reservoired and disseminated in surface waters (2015) IC2AR 2015 First International Caparica Conference in Antibiotic Resistance, 26-28 Jan, Caparica, Portugal.
  • Seyedmonir, E., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Surface waters as hot spots for mecA harbouring staphylococcal and non-staphylococcal isolates (2014) ICCBEE’14 International Conference on Chemistry, Biomedical and Environment Engineering,  7-8 Oct, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Salik, S.B., Goksu, L., Ulusoy, H., Bilgin, S., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A. and Icgen, B. An efficient option for the biological treatment of wastewater in detergent, cosmetic and cleaning industries (2014) ICIME 2014 International Conference in Integrated Management of Environment, 25-28 Sep, Hammamet, Tunisia.
  • Yilmaz, F., Erdem, U.C., and Icgen, B. Metagenomic analysis of cadA gene as a powerful management tool for the remediation of cadmium-polluted sites (2014) ATHENS 2014 Sustainable Solid Waste Management Symposium, 12-14 June, Athens, Greece.
  • Yilmaz, F. and Icgen B. Synthetic type surfactant-degrading bacteria in the river environment identified by FAME and 16S rRNA sequencing (2014) EURASIA 2014 Waste Management Symposium, 28-30 Apr, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Seyedmonir, E., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Prevalence of mecA in surface water contaminated with Staphylococcus (2014) EURASIA 2014 Waste Management Symposium, 28-30 Apr, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Cerit, S., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Efficiency of Staphylococcus warneri biomass in cobalt biosorption (2014) EURASIA 2014 Waste Management Symposium, 28-30 Apr, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Sahin, O., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Manganese biosorption from surface water by Serratia nematodiphila (2014) EURASIA 2014 Waste Management Symposium, 28-30 Apr, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Kocak, R., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Use of an efficient biomass for the biosorption of lead from industrial effluents (2014) EURASIA 2014 Waste Management Symposium, 28-30 Apr, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Akin, I., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., and Icgen, B. Enterococcus faecalis used to reduce chromium from the polluted site (2014) EURASIA 2014 Waste Management Symposium, 28-30 Apr, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Cerit, S., Yilmaz, F., and Icgen, B. Challenging tin toxicity by Pantoea agglomerans in the surface water (2013) International Conference on Water Is Necessary for Life, 19-21 Sep, Tinos Island, Greece.
  • Kahyaoglu, B., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., Icgen, B. Bioremoval of iron by a river isolate of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Kochan, C., Kahyaoglu, B., Icgen, B. Comomonas testosteroni: a new hope for nickel bio-removal (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Koc, S., Kabatas, B., Icgen, B. Silver remediation potential of surface water isolate of Raoutella planticola (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Serim, G., Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., Icgen, B. Remediation of barium by Staphylococcus aureus and Stenotrophomonas rhizophila (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Kabatas, B., Koc, S., Icgen, B. Monitoring genetic and metabolic potential of indigenous Micrococcus luteus for in situ bioremediation of strontium (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Akbulut, S., Kabatas, B., Icgen, B. Serratia marcescens and Acinetobacter haemolyticus: two potential isolates for biological manganese removal (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Orman, N., Koc, S., Icgen, B. River isolate of Staphylococcus aureus with high lithium tolerance (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Sahin, O., Ergene, A., Icgen, B. Challenging zinc toxicity in the environment by Acinetobacter haemolyticus (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Yilmaz, F., Ergene, A., Icgen, B. Acinetobacter johnsonii, a promising bacterium for antimony bioremediation (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Turali, G., Tan, S., Icgen, B. Bioremediation of chromium by a river isolate of Enterococcus faecalis (2013) International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 18-21 Jun, Nevsehir, Turkey.
  • Orman, N., Icgen, B. Isolation and characterization of bacteria capable of tin resistance (2012) 15th European Congress on Biotechnology, 23-26 Sep, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Serim, G., Yilmaz, F., Icgen, B., Ergene, A. Molecular characterization of environmental isolates resistant to aluminum (2012) 15th European Congress on Biotechnology, 23-26 Sep, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Yilmaz, F., Icgen, B., Ergene, A. Chromosome-encoded cadmium resistance by the river isolate of Delftia tsuruhatensis (2012)15th European Congress on Biotechnology, 23-26 Sep, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Kochan, C., Orman, N., Icgen, B. Isolation and characterization of bacterial isolates having cobalt tolerance (2012) 15th European Congress on Biotechnology, 23-26 Sep, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Turali, G., Icgen, B., Tan, S. Biochemical and molecular characterization of copper-resistant bacterial isolates (2012) 15th European Congress on Biotechnology, 23-26 Sep, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Akbulut, S., Orman, N., Icgen, B. Molecular characterization of zinc-resistant bacteria isolated from industrial effluents (2012) 15th European Congress on Biotechnology, 23-26 Sep, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Aktan, Y., Icgen, B., Tan, S. Biochemical and molecular characterization of lead-resistant enviromental isolates of Enterecoccus faecalis (2012)15th European Congress on Biotechnology, 23-26 Sep, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Yirtici, U., Yılmaz, F., Serim, G., Kirimer, N., Ulukaya, E., Icgen, B., Ergene, A. The cytotoxic effect of endemic Centaurea fenzlii Reichardt on colon cancer cell lines (2012) Planta Medica, International Congress on Natural Product Research, 28th-31st July, New York, USA.
  • Ozer, G., Ergene, A., Icgen, B. Molecular characterization of silver-resistant bacteria isolated from Kızılırmak-Kırıkkale (2011) 20th International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry, 27th-30th September, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Yılmaz, F., Icgen, B., Ergene, A. Molecular characterization of mercury-resistant bacteria isolated from Kızılırmak-Kırıkkale (2011) 20th International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry, 27th-30th September, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Icgen, B., Moosa, S., and Harrison, S.T.L. FISH used to understand the shifts in sulphate-reducing consortia upon sulphide loadings (2004) South African Society of Microbiology, South African Genetic Society, 4-7 April, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Icgen, B., Moosa, S., and Harrison, S.T.L. Use of 16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes to investigate the community structure of anaerobic sulphate-reducing bacteria in continuous bioreactor (2003) Cape Biotech, 17-18 November, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Gurakan, G.C., Icgen, B., and Ozcengiz, G. Plasmid diversity and antibiotic resistance in Salmonella enteritidis isolates from chickens, eggs, and humans (1999) IFT Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL USA.
  • Icgen, B., Yıldız, E.E., Sharif, A.F., Ozcengiz, G., and Alaeddinoglu, N.G. Chickpea-Rhizobium cicer symbiosis: II. Competitiveness of inoculants and optimization of nodulation conditions (1994) Special Issue for the 7th International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology Meeting, Praque, Czech Republic. 9 (15), 547.
  • Yıldız, E.E., Icgen, B., Sharif, A.F., Ozcengiz, G., and Alaeddinoglu, N.G. Chickpea-Rhizobium cicer symbiosis: I. Screening and characterization of effective strains (1994) Special Issue for the 7th International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology Meeting, Praque, Czech Republic. 9 (16), 547.

National Conference Proceedings

  • Yırtıcı, U., Yılmaz, F., Serim, G., Akkurt, A., Ulukaya, E., Icgen, B., Ergene, A. The cytotoxic effect of endemic Centurea Fenzlii Reichardt on breast cancer cell lines (2011) EACR-Anticancer Agents Research Congress, 13-16th October Antalya, Turkey.
  • Tekin, E., Yıldırım, V., Icgen, B., Ozcengiz, G. Transcriptional regulation of RNA processing and modification proteins of Phanerochaete crysosporium under Pb stress (2011) ODTÜ Biyolojik Bilimler Bölümü Araştırma Günü, ODTÜ-Ankara, Türkiye.
  • Tekin, E., Icgen, B., Ozcengiz, G. Kurşunun Phanerochaete chrysosporium polyadenilat bağlanma, ATP-bağımlı RNA helikaz ve splicing faktör RNPS1 proteinlerini kodlayan genlerin zamana bağlı ifadeleri üzerindeki etkisi (2009) XVI. Ulusal Biyoteknoloji Kongresi, 30, Antalya, Türkiye.
  • Yılmaz, F., Topcu, A., Tan, S., Ergene, A., Icgen, B. Kırıkkale Kızılırmak'da bulunan ağır metallere karşı dirençli bakterilerin flüoresan işaretli 16S rRNA oligonükleotid probları ile popülasyon yayılımlarının belirlenmesi (2009) XVI. Ulusal Biyoteknoloji Kongresi, 45, Antalya, Türkiye.
  • Arslanoglu, I., Topcu, S., Ozer, G., Tan, S., Ergene, A., Icgen, B. Kırıkkale-Kızılırmak'tan izole edilen ağır metallere karşı dirençli bakterilerin moleküler karakterizasyonu ve biyoremidasyon yeteneklerinin arttırılması (2009) XVI. Ulusal Biyoteknoloji Kongresi, 41, Antalya, Türkiye.
  • Elpek, K.G., Icgen, B., Yildirmak, T., Ozcengiz, G. Türkiye'deki tifi olmayan salmonellalarin moleküler karakterizasyonu (2001) 12. Biyoteknoloji Kongresi, 17-21 Eylul, Balikesir,Türkiye.
  • Icgen, B., Gurakan, G.C., ve Ozcengiz, G. Insan, tavuk ve yumurta kaynakli S. enteritidis izolatlarinda antibiyotik dirençliliği ve plazmid çeşitliliği (2000) ANKEM Dernegi 15. Antibiyotik ve Kemoterapi Kongresi, Antalya, Türkiye.
  • Icgen, B., Gurakan, G.C., ve Ozcengiz, G. Insan, tavuk ve yumurta kaynakli S. enteritidis izolatlarinda lipopolysakkarit ve diş zar proteinleri analizi (2000) ANKEM Dernegi 15. Antibiyotik ve Kemoterapi Kongresi, Antalya, Türkiye.
  • Elpek, K.G., Icgen, B., Gurakan G.C., ve Ozcengiz, G. Insan, tavuk ve yumurta kaynakli S. enteritidis izolatlarinda spesifik plazmitlerin transferi, ve antibiyotik dirençliliği ve kolisin üretimi ile ilişkilendirilmesi (2000) ANKEM Dernegi 15. Antibiyotik ve Kemoterapi Kongresi, Antalya, Türkiye.
  • Icgen, B., Sharif, A.F., Ozcengiz, G., ve Alaeddinoglu, N.G. Rhizobium cicer-nohut simbiyozu: bazı parametrelerin değerlendirilmesi (1994) II. Ulusal Biyoteknoloji Simpozyumu, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Icgen, B., Yıldız, E.E., Sharif, A.F., Ozcengiz, G., and Alaeddinoglu, N.G. Antibiotic resistance and plasmid profile analyses of Rhizobium cicer strains (1993) Special Issue for the 8th Congress of KUKEM, Ankara, Turkey. 16 (2), 107.
  • Yıldız, E.E., Icgen, B., Sharif, A.F., Ozcengiz, G., and Alaeddinoglu, N.G. Improvement of chickpea (Cicer arietinum) productivity by using symbiotic Rhizobia (1993) Special Issue for the 8th Congress of KUKEM, Ankara, Turkey. 16 (2), 121.

Directed Thesis Studies

Completed PhD Thesis

  • The use of 16S rRNA probing for monitoring the relative dominance of cadmium-, mercury- and antimony-resistant river isolates. PhD Thesis, KU, June 2013, Submitted by Yılmaz, F. Co-supervised.
  •  The cytotoxic, apoptotic, and necrotic effect of endemic Centaurea fenzlii Reichardt plant on breast cancer cell lines. PhD Thesis, KU, June 2012, Submitted by Yırtıcı, U. Co-supervised.

Completed MSc Thesis

  • vanA harboring enterococcal and non-enterococcal surface water isolates monitored by an oligonucleotide DNA probe. MSc Thesis, METU, Feb 2016, Submitted by Nakipoglu, M. Supervised.
  • Assessment of detergent degrading bacteria in waters polluted with anionic detergent. MSc Thesis, KU, May 2015, Submitted by Goksu, L. Co-supervised.
  • Detection and identification of SDS-degrading strains in detergent-contaminated river water. MSc Thesis, KU, May 2015, Submitted by Salik, S.B. Co-supervised.
  • Investigation of isolates with high degradation abilities in detergent-contaminated surface waters. MSc Thesis, KU, May 2015, Submitted by Ulusoy, H. Co-supervised.
  • Screening of biosurfactant producing and diesel oil degrading bacteria from petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated surface waters. MSc Thesis, METU, Jan 2015, Submitted by Onur, G. Supervised.
  • Monitoring methicillin-resistant bacteria in river water by using mecA-specific DNA probe. MSc Thesis, METU, Dec 2014, Seyedmonir, E. Supervised.
  • Assessment of  biosorption abilities of nickel-, cobalt-, and tin-resistant surface water isolates identified by FAME and 16S rRNA sequence analyses. MSc Thesis, KU, May 2014, Submitted by Cerit, S. Co-supervised.
  • Determination of biosorption abilities of iron-, copper-, and chromium-resistant isolates identified by molecular methods. MSc Thesis, KU, May 2014, Submitted by Akin, I. Co-supervised.
  • Assessment  of biosorption potential of aluminium, barium and lead tolerating surface water isolates. MSc Thesis, KU, May 2014, Submitted by Kocak, R. Co-supervised.
  • Assessment of biosorption abilities of lithium-, zinc- and manganese-resistant bacteria identified by FAME and 16S rRNA sequence analysis. MSc Thesis, KU, Dec 2013, Submitted by Sahin, O. Co-supervised.
  • Identification and molecular characterization of silver-tolerant bacteria by 16S rDNA sequencing. MSc Thesis, KU, June 2013, Submitted by Koc, S. Supervised.
  • Identification and molecular characterization of strontium-tolerant bacteria by 16S rDNA sequencing. MSc Thesis, KU, June 2013, Submitted by Kabatas, B. Supervised.
  • Isolation and characterization of bacterial isolates having nickel and cobalt tolerance. MSc Thesis, KU, October 2012, Submitted by Kochan, C. Supervised.
  • Isolation and characterization of bacteria capable of lithium and tin resistance. MSc Thesis, KU, June 2012, Submitted by Orman, N. Supervised.
  • Identification and molecular characterization of zinc- and manganese-resistant bacteria isolated from industrial effluents. MSc Thesis, KU, June 2012, Submitted by Akbulut, S. Supervised.
  • Molecular characterization of bacterial isolates resistant to aluminum and barium. MSc Thesis, KU, June 2012, Submitted by Serim, G. Co-supervised.
  • Biochemical and molecular characterization of copper- and chromium-resistant bacteria. MSc Thesis, KU, May 2012, Submitted by Turalı, G. Co-supervised.
  • Biochemical and molecular characterization of lead-resistant environmental isolates of Enterecoccus faecalis. MSc Thesis, KU, April 2012, Submitted by Aktan, Y. Co-supervised.
  • Molecular and biochemical characterization of silver- and strontium-resistant bacteria isolated from Kırıkkale-Kızılırmak. MSc Thesis, KU, November 2011, Submitted by Ozer, G. Supervised.
  • Dynamic expression of three "RNA processing and modification" genes of Phanerochaete chrysosporium under Pb stress. MSc Thesis, METU, September 2011, Submitted by Tekin, E. Co-supervised.
  • Molecular characterization of multidrug-resistant Salmonella isolates in Turkey. MSc Thesis, METU, September 2001, Submitted by Elpek, G.K. Co-supervised.

 Ongoing PhD Thesis

  • The impact of wastewater treatment plants on the dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment. Seyedmonir, E. PhD Thesis, Supervised.
  • Optimization of methane production depending on microbial perturbations monitored by FISH in anaerobic digesters exposed to varying ammonia and sulphide loadings. Cicek, M. PhD Thesis, Supervised.
  • Changes in microbial abundance of anaerobic digester exposed to ozone pre-treatments modeled for the optimization of biogas production.
    Haghiri, S. PhD Thesis, Supervised.

Ongoing MSc Thesis

  • In situ bioremediation of BTEX by indigenous bacteria isolated from petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated surface waters. Yavas, A. MSc Thesis, Supervised.
  • Characterization of biosurfactants leading to enhanced kerosene remediation. Aydin, D.C. MSc Thesis, Supervised.
  • The impact of hospital effluents on the dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes in untreated receiving water bodies. Kayali, O. MSc Thesis, Supervised.
  • The impact of wastewater treatment plants on the dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment. Kucukunsal, S. MSc Thesis, Supervised.

Published Reports

International

  • South African Water Research Comission (WRC) Project Interim Progress Report (2003). Use of 16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes to investigate the community structure of anaerobic sulphate-reducing bacteria in continuous bioreactor.

National

  • Numerous reports to design and execute various funding programs for The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Technology and Innovation Funding Board (TEYDEB) to boost the global competitiveness of Turkish private companies equipped with research, technology development and innovation capabilities.

Research Projects

Projects Completed

  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (2016-2017)
    BAP-03-11-2016-001- Assessment of benzene biodegradation ability of bacteria isolated from petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated surface waters.
    Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • TUBITAK 1002 Research Fund Project (2015-2016)
    114Z973- In situ monitoring of vancomycin resistance genes in surface waters by using DNA probes. Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • TUBITAK 1001 Research Fund Project (2013-2015)
    113Z198- Monitoring MRSA in the river water by using mecA specific DNA probe. Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (2015-2016)
    BAP-03-11-2015-003- Detection of anionic detergent-degrading bacteria in detergent-contaminated surface waters and assessment of their detergent-degrading capacity Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (2015-2016)
    BAP-03-11-2015-001- Detection of petroleum hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria in petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated surface waters and assessment of their petroleum hydrocarbon-degrading capacity Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (2014-2015)
    BAP-03-11-2014-003- Meta-genomic analysis of cadmium resistance genes in surface waters Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (2013-2014)
    BAP-08-11-2013-051- Isolation, identification and molecular characterization of strontium-tolerant local isolates. Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • TUBITAK 1001 Research Fund Project (2011-2013)
    110T905- The cytotoxic and apoptotic effect of endemic Centaurea fenzlii Reichardt species on colon and breast cancer cell lines. Icgen, B. (Researcher)
  • TUBITAK 1002 Research Fund Project (2011-2012)
    111T045- Isolation and identification of mercury-resistant bacteria from Kırıkkale-Kızılırmak. Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • Kırıkkale University Research Fund Project (2011-2012)
    Molecular characterization and bioremediation ability of silver- and strontium-resistant bacteria isolated from Kırıkkale-Kızılırmak. Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • University of Cape Town National Research Fundation (NRF) Project (2003-2005)
    The use of molecular techniques (FISH) for microbial species identification and population shifts as a function of environmental and culture conditions.
    Icgen, B. (Researcher)
  • South African Water Research Comission (WRC) Project (2003-2005)
    Heavy metal precipitation by sulphide and bicarbonate: evaluating methods to predict anaerobic digester overflow performance. Icgen, B. (Researcher)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (2000-2001)
    Phage typing , plasmid diversity and plasmid DNA transfer in Salmonella enteritidis isolates. Icgen, B. (Researcher)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (1998-1999)
    Characterization of Salmonella enteritidis of chicken, egg, and human origin. Icgen, B. (Researcher)
  • State Planning Organisation Fund Project (1998-1999)
    Plasmid diversity in Salmonella enteritidis of chicken, egg, and human origin. Icgen, B. (Researcher)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (1993-1994)
    Improvement of chickpea yields by symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Icgen, B. (Researcher)

Projects Ongoing

  • TUBITAK 1001 Research Fund Project (2017-2020) 116Y181
  • Changes in microbial community and biogas production due to ozone pre-treatment in one- and two-stage anaerobic digestors. Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)
  • Middle East Technical University Research Fund Project (2017-2018)
  • BAP-03-11-2017-001- Characterization of biosurfactants produced by kerosene degrading bacteria. Icgen, B. (Principal Investigator)