Building a scientific research environment by introducing new biotechnological technologies for undergraduates

Yüksel Eğrilmez M.

47th FEBS Congress, Tours, France, 8 - 12 July 2023, vol.13, no.2, pp.256

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • Volume: 13
  • City: Tours
  • Country: France
  • Page Numbers: pp.256
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Higher vocational education (HVE) combines theory and practice

to prepare students to successfully enter the world of work. This

education in health sciences faces a significant transformation in

recent years. Technological advances lead vocational health education

to foster a culture of innovation in academic and industrial

fields. We integrated an elective program for both training

of students and building a scientific research environment in

Pathology Laboratory Techniques (PLT) associate degree program.

We built a collaborative research team. First-year students

who wished to involve in this program were trained by the

research team to develop skills for reviewing literature, identifying

research questions through creative thinking and preparing

project proposals. We also introduced TUBITAK 2209A

Research Project Support Program. TUBITAK, the leading governmental

agency for funding of research in Turkey, encourages

undergraduate students at universities to conduct research

through 2209A program under guidance of an academic advisor.

After training, a second-year student submitted a project proposal

to 2209A program as the coordinator to investigate effects

of Polygonum cognatum extract on LPS-treated human dermal

fibroblasts seeded on 3D printed TPU scaffolds. The project was

selected for support at the end of the evaluation procedure. The

student is the first one who was awarded this support among students

studying PLT program in Turkey. This project served as a

challenge to motivate other students. Two second-year students

also submitted project proposals to 2209A program which were

also accepted by TUBITAK. One project is to produce 3D

printed prostate tissue models for histopathology training and

other project is to investigate the use of biofriendly Pimpinella

anisum extract as an alternative to xylene. In summary, applying

scientific outlook and integrating technologies will build a

research environment in HVE, develop students’ skills and create

an innovation culture.