Sema (Sam) Sevimli
PhD, Chemical Engineering
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
 
BSc, Chemistry
Hacettepe University
Ankara, Turkey
Komen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
 
s.sevimli@vanderbilt.edu

Sema received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia in 2013. She carried out her postgraduate research in the facilities of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) and the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) under the joint supervision of Prof Thomas P. Davis, Prof Volga Bulmus and Dr Sharon Sagnella. Her PhD project entailed the design, synthesis and characterization of stimuli-responsive cholesterol-derived ionic copolymer systems that would enhance the intracellular delivery of therapeutics specifically to tumour cells. In 2014, Sema joined Vanderbilt University the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as a postdoctoral research scholar for Prof. John T. Wilson. Sema's research focused on design and delivery of RNA therapeutics for breast cancer and she was awarded a Komen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Sema is now a program officer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.