We are an interdisciplinary research group trying to address problems pertaining to food, energy, and water. We utilize fundamental bioprocess engineering and systems biology tools to come up with solutions to these overarching problems of the 21st century.


Biofuel Production from Photosynthetic Organisms
Project 01

Biofuel production from photosynthetic organisms

We are working with several microalgae and cyanobacteria species as feedstock for third-generation biofuel production. Our projects build on understanding the fundamental biochemistry of algal species by coupling with high-throughput "OMICS" characterization tools including next-generation DNA sequencing, metabolomics, and proteomics.

  • Graduate students:
  • Most recent publication: Soh, L., Montazeri, M., Haznedaroglu, B.Z., Kelly, C., Peccia, J., Eckelman, M., and Zimmerman, J., 2014. “Evaluating Microalgal Integrated Biorefinery Schemes:  Empirical Controlled Growth Studies and Life Cycle Assessment”, Bioresource Technology, 151, 19-27. [Link to article]
  • Funding: NSF (2014-2017); TUBITAK (2015-2017); BU Research Fund (2015-2018)

Water Quality

Surface and groundwater protection from pathogens and hazardous chemicals
Project 02

Sourcewater protection from pathogens and toxic chemicals

Haznedaroglu Lab works on several aspects of surface and groundwater protection from microbial pollution and toxic chemicals. We are working on biological control mechanisms to deal with harmful algal blooms in Great Lakes. We also investigate the fate and transport of important pathogens, such as Salmonella spp. in groundwater settings. Most recently, we are looking at the algae-based bioremediation options for hazardous wastewater.

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  • Most recent publication: Beckinghausen, A., Martinez, A., Blersch, D., and Haznedaroglu, B.Z., 2014. “Association of nuisance filamentous algae Cladophora spp. with E. coli and Salmonella in public beach waters: Impacts of UV protection on bacterial survival”, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, DOI:10.1039/C3EM00659J [Link to article]
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Ensuring food safety and sustainability
Project 03

Ensuring food safety and sustainability

Under food research theme, we are concerned with both food safety and sustainability. Some of the work focuses on Salmonella's behavior in water-soil column matrix. In other projects, we are investigating the nutritional capacity of algae species as they contain high levels of essential fatty acids, amino acids, and anti-oxidants required for a healthy diet of both humans and animals.

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  • Most recent publication:
  • Funding: TUBITAK (2015-2017)


Haznedaroglu Lab members
Project 04

Haznedaroglu Lab members

We are always looking for talented and motivated individuals. Please contact with Dr. Haznedaroglu to inquire about available positions.

  • Undergraduate researcher position: We have openings for undergraduate students to conduct special studies
  • Graduate researcher position: Available at this time
  • Postdoctoral researcher position: Not available at this time


Project 05

Haznedaroglu Lab Publications

Please check the link above for full bibliographic information of our publications. Most of the sequencing data published in our papers can be found in NCBI's databases and/or our news & resources page.

News and Resources

Project 06

Group News and Resources

-Haznedaroglu Lab has recently moved to Boğaziçi University!

Visiting us

We are located at Boğaziçi University's Hisar Campus. Check the campus map here to assist with your navigation.

Parking and directions

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  • Location: Institute of Environmental Sciences, Boğaziçi University, Hisar Campus, HKC 202, Bebek, Istanbul, 34342
  • Email: berat.haznedaroglu@boun.edu.tr
  • Phone: +90-212-359-4884
  • Fax: +90-212-257-5033