Melike Sever Bahcekapili graduated from Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in 2011. She obtained her MSc degree in Biochemistry from the same university in 2012. Currently, she is pursuing her research as a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Nanotechnology at National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM), Bilkent University, Turkey. She is continuing her research on neural tissue regeneration at Nanobiotechnology Laboratory.In particular, her study area is development of peptide based materials as a synthetic scaffold to mimic extracellular matrix for mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. Also, her studies include the development of extracellular matrix mimetic peptide nanofiber scaffolds with bioactive epitopes for the enhancement of neural differentiation, proliferation and therapeutic purposes for neurodegenerative diseases. The targets include treatments for Parkinsonís disease, sciatic nerve regeneration and spinal cord regeneration in experimental animal models.
Her research focuses on regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications of peptide amphiphile scaffolds with the emphasis on cell-matrix interactions and the elicitation of specific cellular behaviours through extracellular matrix-specific biological signals, in vivo and in vitro characterization of ECM-mimetic nanofiber networks.