Mehmet Candas
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Mehmet Candas  
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Within many research trends that influence my studies are the questions addressing biological processes involved in development, aging, cancer and pathogen-host interactions.  My inquiries concern biochemical and genetic basis of cellular responses to their environment and how cells integrate signals into survival or death pathways.  What motivates me to work in this field is the continuing challenge in understanding biological systems and their emergent properties through better use of scientific data and technology applications.  I use traditional biochemical and genetic experimentation data along with network biology and ontology based approaches to find patterns and correlations.  My goal is to bring new insights into the operational and organizational principles of biological functions, understand their evolutionary significance, and construct phenotypic and process models that can be utilized in biotechnology and medicine.

As an educator, I am also interested in improving the ways to integrate new concepts into biology instruction.   I have been increasingly involved in education improvement research and development of active learning methodologies for undergraduate biology curriculum.  As a National Academies Education Fellow, I participate in scholarly programs, deliver talks and present my evaluations concerning the impact of rapidly changing research paradigms on undergraduate biology education.  Among these paradigms, genomics is continuously changing the ways in which biology is practiced.
This brings critical educational needs. In fact, effective dissemination of basic knowledge pertaining genomics is now essential to prepare biology students seeking careers in health professions and life sciences.  It is also important for educating teachers and informed citizens since genomics has a serious impact on various social and ethical issues, from genetic testing and medical record privacy to genetically modified foods and environmental conservation, among others.  In this regard, I am motivated to improve the validity of delivery methods and study learning outcomes involving genomics in undergraduate biology education.  My objective is to identify and assess the factors that will enhance students’ learning in related topics and develop educational strategies that will help them understand the impact of genomics in their lives and careers.



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