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Professor Alper Bozkurt

Alper Bozkurt, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University and Associate faculty, The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NCSU.
Alper’s research interests include the development of microscale sensors, actuators, and methodologies to unlock the mysteries of biological systems with the aim of engineering these systems directly or developing new engineering approaches by learning from these systems.
Prior to joining to NC State, he performed research at Cornell University to interface microtechnologies with metamorphic development of insects for building remotely controlled biobotic organisms (insect cyborgs). His previous research at Drexel University included the development of functional near-infrared spectroscopy systems for brain-machine interfaces to augment cognition and for clinical monitoring of the newborn brain in neonatal intensive care units.
Alper coauthored A portable near infrared spectroscopy system for bedside monitoring of newborn brain, Safety assessment of near infrared light emitting diodes for diffuse optical measurements, NIR Spectroscopy Measurements of Cognitive Load Elicited by GKT and Target Categorization, Early upregulation of iNOS mRNA expression and increase in NO metabolites in pressurized renal epithelial cells, Balloon-Assisted Flight of Radio-Controlled Insect Biobots, and Microprobe microsystem platform inserted during early metamorphosis to actuate insect flight muscle. Read the full list of his publications!
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bogazici University, Turkey in 2001. He earned his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University in 2004. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University in 2010.
Watch Bugs and Bots — Alper Bozkurt iBionics Engineering. Read Cyborg cockroaches to be future emergency responders and Alper Bozkurt Develops Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches.