Melis Sümengen Özdenefe

Near East University

Melis Sümengen Özdenefe received her BSc in Biology from Cukurova University, Turkey, in 2009. She obtained an MSc and PhD in Biology from Cukurova University in 2011 and 2014, respectively. During her MSc studies she attended Anhalt University, Germany, for six months as an international exchange student (Erasmus) in 2010–2011. In 2014, she began work as a doctor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Near East University, North Cyprus. In August 2016, she became an assistant professor. Her teaching and research interests include industrial microbiology, bacteriology, biotechnology, enzymology, and microbial ecology. Her research areas include enzymes and biosurfactants, which are produced from various bacteria and fungus for industrial applications, the production and characterization of bacterial enzymes and bacteriocins, antimicrobial and antioxidant activity of various plant structures, multiple antibiotic resistance, and heavy metal resistance in Gram-negative bacteria.